Mark your calendar!

The 2018 Montana Book Festival will be held from September 27-30.

Submissions are open for authors, panel and event pitches, as well as exhibitors.  There will be an Emerging Montana Writer contest opening  later this spring. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your Montana Book Festival co-directors, Sam and Tess. 

Thank you!


Exhibitors are invited to participate in the 2018 Montana Book Festival Book Fair in downtown Missoula, Montana.

The more information you provide, the easier it is for us to promote your business! Please provide company logo, website, social media handles, etc.

Exhibitors will be provided a 6' exhibit table with white linen and 2 chairs, as well as internet access. Each vendor will have a scheduled time to feature their products on the stage at some point during the day.

Exhibit space is limited, so early reservations are recommended. Priority will be given to previous exhibitors and those whose tables represent more than one author. This application form will remain open until our exhibitor space has filled.

The Montana Book Festival seeks panel proposals focused on publishing, editing, literary technology, craft and/or criticism (in fiction, poetry, nonfiction or children’s literature), regional literary concerns, diversity, pedagogy, literacy, translation, marketing, literary community (ie. book clubs, mentorship) and tributes.  

We seek special events that are original, participatory, fun and encourage engagement with a diverse audience. 

Please provide a detailed pitch for your panel or event, a proposed fee for attendance, as well as photos and bios for all contributors. Websites, social media handles, etc., are all welcome as well -- the more information, the better!

For our booksellers, please provide specific titles you'd like to be available at the festival with ISBN.

Musicians and special entertainers may submit to the festival using this form.

Panels and events will be selected based on merit, relevancy to festival attendees, and whether the panel will contribute to the artistic, intellectual, regional, and cultural diversity of the festival.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your panel or event submission - we look forward to considering your proposal!

The Montana Book Festival seeks authors of fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, cookbooks and food-related topics, environmental writing, writing on the arts, history and children's literature. 

Our festival promotes innovative and culturally relevant literature; books on self-improvement, how-to, or books strictly of academic or religious interest will be considered but are not likely to be selected.

To be considered for this year’s Festival, please send the following:

    Specific titles you'd like to be available at the festival with ISBN.

    A press kit with clippings, reviews and author bio

    An author photo and book cover photo in .jpeg format

    Information about your ability to fund your own travel to Missoula if your publisher is not utilizing publicity budget money to send you to the Festival

The Montana Book Festival will accept submissions of books and ideas between March 9 and July 25 for the 2018 Festival. Note: Books published in 2018 will be given priority consideration.

A festival committee will consider the submissions and select the authors to be invited to the Montana Book 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 August 10, 2018. All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in a panel, readings or conversation session with other authors.

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

    Printed copies can be available for our booksellers 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.

Thank you for your interest and support of The Montana Book Festival

Please send one copy of a finished book/galley/ARC/manuscript to:  Montana Book Festival, PO Box 7662 Missoula, MT  59807

Please complete the electronic application form. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about your application - we look forward to reading your work!