Worldwide Authors + Volunteers wanted for 2015 Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival


2015 Wordstock Festival submission period is January 5 to July 31, 2015.

The 2015 relaunch of Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum and will feature a diverse group of contemporary authors in conversations, panels, and presentations. Please read all of the following information before submitting a book to Literary Arts for consideration for this year’s Festival:

To be considered for this year’s Festival, please send or have your publicist send the following:

  • One or two copies of a finished book/galley/ARC/manuscript (note: electronic submissions will not be considered)
  • A press kit with clippings and reviews and an author bio, including past publications when applicable
  • Information about your ability to fund your own travel to Portland if your publisher is not utilizing publicity budget money to send you to the Festival
  • Send to Literary Arts, ATTN: Wordstock, 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205

A festival committee will consider the submissions and select the authors to be invited to the Wordstock Festival. Due to the large number of submissions anticipated, the Festival is unable to reply to each inquiry individually. Should you be selected to be a part of the Festival program, you will hear back no later than mid-September, 2015. All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in a panel or conversation session with other authors; the Festival will not feature authors for book signings only or for solo presentations.

The Wordstock Festival will consider books in the following genres:

  • Fiction — all genres
  • Narrative nonfiction — history, biography, memoir, and essays
  • Cookbooks and food writing
  • Poetry
  • Children’s literature, including middle grade and young adult
  • Art and architecture

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival focuses on the promotion of literature and literary culture; books on the topics of self-improvement, how-to, or books strictly of academic or religious interest will not be considered.

Self-published titles will only be considered if they meet the following criteria:

  • Printed copies can be available for our book seller to sell
  • The work has been professionally edited and a marketing plan is in place
  • The author maintains an accessible website

The consideration for self-published titles that meet the above criteria will be the same as traditionally published books, as outlined above. For the 2015 Festival, we will not accept self-published titles that exist only in ebook format.

Literary Arts will accept submissions of books until July 31 for Wordstock 2015.

Note: Books published in 2015 will be given high priority consideration.

The festival will include author discussions, readings and activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, concerts presented by OPB Music, a beer tent and local food trucks. The weekend of literary celebration will kick off with a special Friday night opening event; details TBA. Schedule details, ticket information for opening night and for the festival, workshop registration, exhibitor applications, and more will be available soon.

Interested in volunteering at the festival? Details here.

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