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The Montana Book Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Festival, September 27 - October 1 in Missoula. 

Ends on June 1, 2017
Our festival seeks authors of fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, cookbooks and food-related topics, environmental writing and writing on Montana related nature topics, arts, architecture, history and children's literature. *Children's authors, YA authors and illustrators will not apply through Submittable - please email and to inquire about 2017 youth events." 

Preference will be given to authors of books published between Spring 2016 and Fall 2017. All Submitters will be contacted about their application by early June.

The Montana Book Festival promotes innovative literature and Montana's unique literary culture; books on self-improvement, how-to, or books strictly of academic or religious interest will be considered but are not likely to be selected.

Self-published titles will only be considered only if the title is bound, print copies can be made available, and the author has a functioning website, professional editing and established marketing plan submitted in the Promotional Materials field.  

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your application - we look forward to reading your work!

Ends on June 1, 2017

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. 

*Children's authors, YA authors and illustrators will not apply through Submittable - please email and to inquire about 2017 youth events." 

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!


Exhibitors are invited to participate in the 2017 Montana Book Festival Bookfair, September 30, in downtown Missoula, Montana.

In contrast to previous years, MBF will not be using the Holiday Inn Downtown. We are in the process of determining the book fair location, but it will be central to the festival and easily walkable from all events. Exhibitors will be provided a 6' exhibit table with white linen and 2 chairs, as well as internet access. Final book fair location will be determined by early April and all paid exhibitors will be notified. 

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.

Should you decide the TBD venue does not suit your needs for exhibiting, we will gladly refund your fee. Please direct any questions to

Ends in 6 days, 2 hours $10.00
The Montana Book Festival celebrates poetry, fiction and nonfiction by regional emerging writers. One winner in each of the three categories will receive $100. At least one of these three winners will also receive travel support and accommodations to give a reading in Missoula at the Montana Book Festival. All entrants will receive our decision in early July.

The contest is open from April 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017. 

Final contest judges are all notable authors who participated in the 2016 Montana Book Festival: 

  • Richard Fifield: Fiction
  • Amanda Fortini: Nonfiction
  • Sherwin Bitsui: Poetry

You are eligible if you:

  • Live at least 6 months of the year in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington.
  • Have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works).
  • Have no book forthcoming before October 1, 2017.

Please submit unpublished work. For fiction and nonfiction, send a manuscript of under 6,000 words. For poetry, we will consider up to 5 pages. Any submissions that exceed these limits will not be considered. Contest submissions will be read blind - please do not include any identifying information on your manuscript. 

No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.

Please direct any questions to
The 2017 Montana Book Festival is seeking volunteers for a variety of assignments before, during and after the festival. 

All volunteers will receive a festival button, t-shirt, tote bag and invite to a fun festival afterparty. 

Thanks for your interest!