Author Application

2021 Kentucky Book Festival Plans are Underway

The 40th annual Kentucky Book Festival will occur at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington on November 6, including 140 authors. Additional programs will occur November 1-5, featuring Jason Reynolds (virtual only), Chef Ouita Michel, and Margaret Verble. Saturday’s programs will be hosted in-person at Joseph-Beth and livestreamed to facebook and/or Zoom. The author lineup, registration information, and schedule will be released soon.

The author application window for the 2021 event has closed. To apply for the 2022 festival, return to this page on January 4, 2022.

Author participation in the 2021 Kentucky Book Festival is by invitation only AFTER an author application form has been submitted through our website and reviewed by the Author Selection Committee. The Committee will choose authors and titles from those received by the May 31, 2021 submission deadline. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed, and online submissions are preferred. Authors who apply independently and are accepted are responsible for their own travel and expenses related to attending the event. Review the festival’s anti-harassment policy here.