Submissions to the 2022 Portland Book Festival are open now through Friday, June 17, 2022. Please read all of the following information before submitting a book to Literary Arts for consideration for this year’s Festival.

Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, will take place Saturday, November 5, 2022. The festival will feature a diverse group of contemporary authors in conversations, panels, and presentations. When evaluating submissions, we consider not only a book’s literary merit but where it might fit in with the other work in the lineup.

Books are accepted to the festival from submissions on a rolling basis; we advise sending us your submission the earliest you are able to! 

To be considered for this year’s festival, please submit or have your publicist submit all of the following:

  • Two (2) copies of a finished book/galley/ARC/manuscript
  • A press kit with clippings and reviews and an author bio, including past publications when applicable, and any other information that often helps us evaluate the submission
  • A cover letter (no more than a page). Please include any additional information if needed regarding travel funding, local connections, or anything else we should know to best evaluate your submission.
  • A completed 2022 Festival Submission Form. Please complete this fillable online form OR send pages 3-4 of this document with your other materials. 

Send materials to:
Literary Arts 
ATTN: Portland Book Festival
925 SW Washington Street 
Portland, OR 97205

  • Digital versions of the press kit and cover letter are acceptable and can be emailed to Liz Olufson at liz [at] literary-arts [dot] org. Physical copies of the book/galley/ARC/manuscript are required; please send to address listed above.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please make sure you include all materials. Your submission will not be considered complete until we have received all required materials.
  • Literary Arts will accept submissions of books between January 7 and June 17 for the 2022 festival. Complete submissions must be received by June 17, 2022.
  • To be considered, books must be published in the fifteen months preceding the festival (August 2021-November 2022); priority consideration will be given to books published in 2022.
  • Should you be selected to be a part of the festival program, you will hear back no later than September 2022.
  • Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we are unable to reply to each inquiry individually.
  • Materials will not be returned.
  • All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in a panel or conversation session with other authors; the festival will not feature authors for book signings only or for solo presentations/readings.

The festival will consider books in the following genres:

  • Art and architecture
  • Children’s literature, including middle grade and young adult
  • Cookbooks and food writing
  • Fiction — all genres
  • Narrative nonfiction — history, biography, memoir, and essays
  • Poetry

Portland Book Festival focuses on the promotion of literature and literary culture; books on the topics of self-improvement, how-to, or books strictly of academic or religious interest will not be considered.

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

  • Printed copies can be available for our bookstore(s) 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. For the 2022 festival, we will not accept self-published titles that exist only in ebook format.

Please complete the fillable online application form (or fill out pages 3-4 of this document), AND ALSO send two copies of the book, a press kit, and a cover letter to Literary Arts in order to be considered for the 2022 festival.

If you have any questions, please consult the FAQ first, and if your question is not answered, email our Public Programs Manager, Liz Olufson, at liz [at] literary-arts [dot] org.