March 4 & 5, 2023!

Reimagined Indie Author Experience at the 2023 Tucson Festival of Books!

Festival Staff / August 17, 2022

For the first time in 2023, Indie Authors will have an opportunity to have a spot on a presenting author panel at the festival.  To create this opportunity a new submission process has been established in tandem with a scoring matrix to judge Indie Author book(s). 

In addition to the panel opportunity, winning and runner-up Indie Authors will be invited to participate in a 3-hour slot in the traditional pavilion format on Saturday or Sunday of the festival.  Scheduling of the pavilions will occur after all reviews have been completed and panel authors have been announced. 

Guidelines:  Each Indie Author will complete a nomination process via the festival's website and submit their book(s) for judging.  The book(s) must be uploaded by the deadline to be considered for the 2023 festival.  The deadline for submission is October 14, 2022.  No nominations will be accepted after this date. 

Indie Authors may submit up to two books to be judged.  Each book submitted has a $40 non-refundable submission fee.  Payment of this fee DOES NOT guarantee a spot in the 2023 Festival.  All materials submitted for consideration must be published original works of the author with appropriate credit given to source material. 

Timeline: The application and submission process will be open to all Indie Authors after Labor Day, September 7, 2022.  Each author will complete the standard application process via the festival website as well as uploading the entire published original work that they wish to have reviewed. The book must be uploaded by October 14, 2022 in order to be considered.  Click the application link to begin the process.

Scoring: Teams of reviewers and judges have been assembled from various university departments.  Each genre team of judges will go through a series of reviews resulting in up to five (5) Indie Authors being selected to be part of a presenting author panel during the Festival.  These selected authors and up to approximately 100 runners-up will be invited to participate in the traditional pavilion format during the Festival weekend. 

Genres:  Judging will be done by teams of judges organized by genres. Indie Author book(s) to be judged need to be in one of the following genres - Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Books or YA Literature.  Genres not accepted are - academic and specialist topics, "how-to" books, religious devotion and inspiration, self-help books and travel guides. 

Indie Authors are local and regional authors from diverse genres who will meet and greet their fans in three-hour time periods on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival.  The pavilions are tents set-up on the Main Mall of the University of Arizona campus where Indie Authors will sell and sign their books. Indie Authors represent a variety of genres and formats, including self-published, small/independent press, pay-to-publish or vanity press, e-book only or primarily, and CreateSpace. 

Please send an email with any questions. Click here for an application.

Download a printable flyer here.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Marshall Foundation

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