Information for Authors

Submissions for the 2017 AJC Decatur Book Festival are now being accepted through May 1, 2017

The AJC Decatur Book Festival prides itself on presenting a diverse array of authors, genres and discussions. The festival offers many opportunities for authors to present, from featured adult, children’s and teen stages, to our Emerging Writers area and exhibitor tents.

Criteria for Consideration

To be considered for the featured author stages, authors and publicists with books must meet the following criteria:

  • Newly published since September 2016 (priority will be given to books published in 2017).
  • Published in traditional format (hardback or paperback). The DBF is currently not considering e-books for presentation.
  • Written for the general or “trade” audience. Books that are written for specialty or academic audiences will not be considered.
  • Authors with self-published books must meet the following additional criteria:
    • Book has been edited by a professional.
    • Book must be available to booksellers with standard discount terms and returnable.

Author Invitation Process

The DBF programming committee, comprised of literary and publishing professionals, select authors for the featured stages. Most invitations are extended between February and May.

If your book meets the above criteria, you may submit your application for consideration:

Author Submissions

Please contact programming@decaturbookfestival.com with any questions.

Emerging Writers Stage

The AJC Decatur Book Festival Emerging Writers stage presents a special opportunity for self-published authors to get involved, promote your work, and network with other authors. To read more about the upcoming 2017 Emerging Writers Stage at the DBF, please click here.