Author Selection Criteria

How is a book considered?
To be considered for the 2015 Kansas Book Festival, please e-mail ( us the following information:

  • A press kit with clippings and reviews
  • A sample selection from your most recent book
  • Author bio with list of previously published titles and any upcoming titles with anticipated publication date and publisher
  • Information about your ability to fund your own travel to Topeka if your publisher is not utilizing publicity budget money to send you to the Festival

When should a book be submitted?
We accept submissions of books January 1 through April 1 in the same year as the Festival.

When should I expect to hear back?
Our Author Selection Committee reviews all of the submissions and decides who will be invited. The bulk of invitations go out between the beginning of April and the end of May.

What types of books are considered?

  • Fiction – Including all genres such as thrillers and Westerns
  • Narrative nonfiction — history, biography, memoir, and essays
  • Cookbooks and food-related titles
  • Poetry
  • Children’s literature
  • Art and architecture titles
  • Preference is given to authors that have published within the 12 months prior to the festival date. We do this in order that we may bring the newest and freshest material to the people of Kansas.

What types of books are not considered?
Books on the topics of self-improvement, how-to, or books strictly of academic or religious interest will not be considered. We also will not consider titles that are only available in e-book format.

Should a self-published/printed author submit?
Self-published titles will only be considered if they meet the following criteria:

  • The title is bound
  • Printed copies can be available for our book seller to sell
  • A professional has edited the work
  • A functional author website exists