Telling Kentucky's Story

Information for Authors & Application

2019 KENTUCKY BOOK FAIR
AUTHOR SELECTION INFORMATION

Author participation in the Kentucky Book Fair (KBF) is by invitation only. The Author Selection Committee will choose authors and titles from those received by the May 31, 2019 submission deadline. Submissions will open on January 1st. Online submission form available at the bottom of this page. You may also choose to download the form to complete and mail in. 

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2019 ARE NOW OPEN.
Important Dates:
  • January 1, 2019: Submissions open
  • May 31, 2019: Deadline for submissions
  • June 15 - August 1, 2019 (rolling): Author invitations issued
  • August 15, 2019: Deadline for invited authors to confirm participation
  • November 16, 2019: Kentucky Book Fair (additional events TBA; will occur November 10-15)
Submission Guidelines:
  • Only ONE title can be submitted as the featured title; all other titles will be considered backlist.
  • Submitted title must be published after July 1, 2018 to be considered.
  • Special consideration is given to titles written by authors who are natives of or are currently living in the state of Kentucky, and/or to titles that have a clear Kentucky connection.
  • Textbooks and other technical guides/manuals will not be considered.
  • Submitted title must be in publication and available to order by September 30, 2019.
  • Submitted materials cannot be returned and become property of Kentucky Humanities.
To submit your title, send a completed Author/Book Submission Form and ONE COPY of a finished book or ARC, or a sample chapter and cover image if book is in pre-production, to:
Kentucky Humanities
attn. Kentucky Book Festival
206 E. Maxwell St.
Lexington, KY 40508

Kentucky Book Fair Policy on Ordering Books
Where possible, Kentucky Humanities (KH) will order books from the publisher. If author prefers to supply book(s), author must agree to supply them at a 40% discount, requiring no pre-payment, and to accept returns of unsold stock. Payments to self-supply authors are based on sales figures from the cash registers at KBF. Self-supply authors will not be compensated for books that are not processed through the cash registers. Print-on-Demand titles must be supplied by the author. Payments will be sent no later than December 31, 2019.

If author is invited to participate in the Kentucky Book Fair, Kentucky Humanities will require the following:
1. A book cover image from the most recently published title.
2. An author headshot for promotional purposes.
3. An agreement, to be sent with invitation, around the details of author's participation in event, including times and dates of participation. Authors must be available to sign books for at least 4 hours on the day of the Kentucky Book Fair, unless other arrangements are made with Manager. Authors may take breaks and/or attend special programs, and lunches will be provided.

Some authors may be invited to do a reading or participate in a panel discussion.

Questions or comments should be directed to Sara Volpi, Kentucky Book Festival Manager and Special Projects Coordinator, at (859) 257-4317 or sara.volpi@uky.edu.

Author Submission Form

Please complete and submit the form below and send one copy of a finished book, ARC, or a sample chapter if the book is in pre-production. Mail to Kentucky Book Festival, 206 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40508. We are unable to return submitted materials. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed. Please note: if you fill out this online application, there is no need to mail a printed copy of the form (but please send the review copy of your book to the above listed address).


Author Information







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If author is not primary contact, list contact name and email.


Please list name(s) of illustrator/co-author(s), if they wish to participate as well.



Suggested 50 words or fewer. This information could be used for publicity (KBF catalog, social media, etc.) We reserve the right to edit as needed.


About Featured Title

Author may submit a book that is already in print or a forthcoming title, so long as the book is in publication and available to order by September 30, 2019. The title below will be the author's featured title, and information below may be used for publicity, if an invitation is issued. Only ONE title may be submitted.






Should be published after July 1, 2018.




Choose ONE.


Choose ONE.


Suggested 50 words or fewer.


Back List Titles

Please list the titles of up to 4 other books that you have written, if any, as we will use this information in the review process.














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Book Orders

Please read the following policy. Where possible, Kentucky Humanities will order books from the publisher. If author prefers to supply books, author must agree to supply them at a 40% discount, requiring no prepayment, and to accept returns of unsold stock. Payments to self-supply authors are based on sales figures from the cash registers at KBF. Self-supply authors will not be compensated for books that are not processed through the cash registers. Print-on-demand titles must be supplied by author. Payments will be sent from Joseph Beth no later than 12/31/19.



Submission Verification

Submissions will be reviewed through June and July of 2019. Invitations and rejections will be sent out by August 1, 2019. Please feel free to contact KBF Manager Sara Volpi at sara.volpi@uky.edu if you have any questions about this submission form or the Kentucky Book Fair.



We are committed to keeping your information secure; information on this form will not be distributed to any third-parties.



  


Click here to download the Author Submission form as a Word file.

Click here to download the Author Submission Form as a PDF.