Since 1999, San Francisco's annual Litquake literary festival has drawn book-lovers of all types to enjoy words and ideas, straight from the artists' mouths. This year's festival, celebrating our 25th anniversary, will be held October 10–26, 2024

Submissions for Lit Crawl SF are open through Monday, April 22nd. 

Our main festival submissions are now closed.  

We look forward to reading your submission!

Thanks for your interest in Lit Crawl San Francisco on Saturday, October 26th! 

Lit Crawl San Francisco is the world’s largest literary pub crawl, and features hundreds of authors and literary organization during its three hours of literary mayhem. Lit Crawl only accepts fully developed proposals for one-hour programs/sessions, not applications from individual authors. Litquake is committed to creating greater diversity in the literary world and promoting as wide a range of writers as possible. Accordingly, Litquake encourages submissions that feature authors from any and all backgrounds who have been historically overlooked by the literary world including (but not limited to) individuals who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, and everyone with a story to tell. We also love every and all genres, approaches, and schools of thought when it comes to storytelling and literary programming. Just wow us.

 Our criteria: 

  • Are your authors free on Saturday, October 26th, 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 26th?
  • In 2024, we are especially interested in creating space for new voices. Past participation in Lit Crawl SF does not guarantee selection for the 2024 program.
  • This year, we are also particularly keen to present innovative formats that go beyond a roster of readings. Literary games, contests, draw/write-offs, performances, writing prompts, and programs inspired by and engaged with Lit Crawl's dynamic Mission District setting are all especially encouraged—think about programs that get the audience involved in different ways and that celebrate Lit Crawl's irreverent, rebellious spirit.
  • Looking for inspiration? Check out Lit Crawl Wellington's 2023 programs (literary advice columns! poetry karaoke! NC-17 poetry!) or Lit Crawl Austin's 2023 programs (literary advice columns! real-time story prompts! banned books bonanza!). But don't stop there! Think outside the box (and off the page)—surprise us and our audiences!

More details: 

  • Lit Crawl curator slots are limited to ONE hour.
  • Lit Crawl is unable to feature book sales and signings.
  • All participants' photos and bios will be listed online.

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