Book Festival
May 19, 2018 10am - 6pm
City Hall
Book Festival
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
City Hall


The deadline to be a 2018 Featured Author has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted. The Exhibiting Author application will be available here in early February. 

Join us at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 19, 2018, for a day-long, outdoor celebration of books and reading. Our Festival tents are filled with eager audiences for author talks and signings, free writing workshops, and singer-songwriter performances. We are proud to have welcomed hundreds of talented authors and performers to our stages. Now in its ninth year, the Festival has established itself as one of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area’s premier literary events.

“I’ve been to many festivals, and there are few that are as inviting and welcoming.”

                —Carlos Lozada, Non-Fiction Editor, Washington Post

How Can An Author Participate?

The Festival Author Committee invites selected authors to participate as Featured Authors in solo and panel discussions. Writers or their representatives interested in being a Featured Author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival are encouraged to submit an application for consideration. Applications and all required materials should be mailed to:

Gaithersburg Book Festival Presenter, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

To apply,  the following materials are required to arrive by December 1, 2017:

  • Completed Application – Download 2018 Application here.
  • Two galleys or finished copies of the book you wish to promote.

Applicants will be notified of participation decisions by the end of February 2018.

Tips for Applicants:
  • Priorities: Preference is given to books released in either hardback or paperback in the year since the previous festival (May of each year). Books must be available for sale as of the day of the festival to be considered.
  • Book Submissions: Applications must include two galleys or finished copies of the book you wish to promote. We cannot accept digital copies or unbound manuscripts. If your galley or finished copy will not be printed by the submission deadline, please make a note on the application as to when it will become available.
  • Festival Structure: Festival programs can be either solo, conversation, or panel-based. Introducers, Interviewers and Moderators will be provided as necessary. We have found presentations often have extra depth when speakers are familiar to one another, and are happy to consider applicant suggestions for interviewers or author pairings.
  • Advertising and Promotion: Authors will be encouraged to supplement Festival advertising with promotion on their own social media accounts. The City of Gaithersburg will advertise the Festival in the following ways: On the City website, the Gaithersburg Book Festival website, both the City and Book Festival Facebook and Twitter accounts, the City of Gaithersburg Cable TV station (Comcast & RCN Channel 13, and Verizon FiOS channel 25 within the City limits), on the radio, in multiple print ads in newspapers and magazines, press releases to local and regional media outlets, 100,000 postcards & bookmarks distributed to schools, libraries, City facilities, retail stores, shopping malls, and events.
  • SPECIAL NOTES: Please be aware that your presentation may be photographed, taped, and/or filmed by the City of Gaithersburg, C-SPAN Book TV, Comcast, or other media. Featured Authors may not make any other promotional appearances during the week leading up to the Gaithersburg Book Festival in the cities of Gaithersburg, Rockville, or Germantown, Maryland, unless previous arrangements have been approved by GBF organizers.

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!
Starts: 05/21/2016 10:00
Duration: 6 hours:
Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD
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