Since 1999, San Francisco's annual Litquake literary festival has drawn booklovers of all types to enjoy words and ideas, straight from the artists' mouths. This year's festival dates will be October 10-19, 2019.

Submissions open on February 15 for the Litquake festival, Lit Crawl SF, and the fifth annual Litquake Writing Contest. All submissions close May 1. Submitters will be notified by August 2019. We look forward to reading your submission.

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Litquake festival on October 10-29! 

Who we're looking for:

  • Authors that are local or in some way connected to the Bay Area, or able to travel to San Francisco during the festival dates.
  • Authors with a book or other significant publications within the last two years.
  • Someone who can give a great interpretation of their work to a live audience.

Event Details:

  • Events vary from panel discussions to readings and some events will feature book sales and signings. Please look through our festival calendar from 2018 to better understand the range of diverse events we produce. Link here: https://www.litquake.org/2018-litquake-festival.html
  • All participants will have their photos and bios listed online, as well as their names in the printed festival guide.
  • All participants will receive a modest stipend as gratitude for their involvement.

Submissions will be accepted/rejected by the end of August. If you have not received a response to your submission by August, you may assume your submission was not accepted. If you are not selected, it certainly doesn’t mean we don’t think highly of you! 

Please submit electronically via Submittable. Manuscripts sent via email will not be considered.


Litquake is committed to encouraging diversity in the literary world and promoting as wide a range of writers as possible, including (but not limited to) people of color, LGBTQ, diverse genders, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Thanks for your interest in Lit Crawl San Francisco on Saturday, October 19!

Lit Crawl San Francisco is the world’s largest literary pub crawl, and features hundreds of authors during its three hours of hot and crowded literary mayhem.

Lit Crawl only accepts submissions from literary organizations, writing groups, reading series, and publications. If you are an individual who would like to participate in the festival, please submit in the 2019 Main Festival category.

Lit Crawl is committed to encouraging diversity in the literary world and promoting as wide a range of writers as possible. Accordingly, Lit Crawl welcomes submissions from organizations representing marginalized social groups including (but not limited to) people of color, LGBTQ, diverse genders, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Our criteria:

  • Are your authors free on Saturday, October 19, from 5:00-9:00 pm?
  • Is your organization local or in some way connected to the Bay Area?  Or able to travel to San Francisco on October 19?
  • Can your organization curate four to six authors who will engage a live audience of literary lovers?

More details:

  • Lit Crawl curator slots are limited to ONE hour.
  • Lit Crawl readings are on the short side (6-8 minutes per author).
  • Lit Crawl is unable to feature book sales and signings.
  • All authors' photos and bios will be listed online. 
  • All submissions will receive an automatic reply, as well as another response by the end of August. If you do not receive a response by August 31, 2018 you may assume your event was not selected. If you are not selected, it certainly doesn’t mean we don’t think highly of you!

Thanks again for letting us know about your organization and its literary efforts!

Litquake is devoted to presenting established writers, nurturing developing writers, and discovering new writers from the Bay Area and beyond. Our annual writing contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book. We want to read your best work. Even if you have submitted for this year’s main festival (October 10-19) or Lit Crawl (October 19), you may still enter the contest. All submissions are reviewed and considered based on a blind reading. In other words, the strength and quality of your writing will be judged, and your name and bio will have no influence on the judges’ decisions. 

 We are accepting submissions in the following categories:

1. Poetry (3-page maximum)

2. Essay (500-word limit)

3. Short, Short Fiction (500-word limit)

4. Short Scene (film or play; 500-word limit)


Submission Guidelines: 

  • Unpublished work only.
  • Open to all writers who have not yet published a novel or a full-length collection of poems, short stories, essays, or short scenes.
  • Only one submission per author.
  • Please do not include any identifying information anywhere on your submission. Manuscripts that include the author's name will be rejected unread.
  • Please submit electronically via Submittable. Manuscripts sent via email will not be considered.

Contest Prizes:

  • First Prize: 2 Tickets to Litquake's Opening Night party on October 10, a reading slot at Lit Crawl San Francisco, online mention, and official Litquake t-shirt.
  • Second Prize: A reading slot at Lit Crawl San Francisco, online mention, and Litquake swag.
  • Third Prize: A reading slot at Lit Crawl San Francisco, online mention

Judging: 

Contest will be judged by members of the Litquake Executive Committee. Winners will be announced to the public by August 2019. All entries will receive a response of the judges’ decisions.

Deadline: 

May 1, 2019

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