Submission Guidelines

Every year, the Savannah Book Festival seeks to showcase over 40 authors who are invited to give a 30-minute solo presentation and whose books are published within a calendar year of the Festival.  Submissions are accepted from March 1 – June 30 preceding the February Festival. Before submitting a book to the Festival, please read the Submission Guidelines (link below) to insure that the submission meets all of the criteria set forth by the Author Selection Committee.

An Author Selection Committee reviews the submissions, their goal is to provide an excellent and diverse mix of literature for all visitors.  The types of genres considered include:

  • Fiction – with an emphasis on literary fiction
  • Narrative nonfiction – history, biography, memoir and essays.  Nonfiction books are considered from a variety of perspectives that encourage and engage in fair, respectful discussions of history, figures and ideas.
  • Graphic novels
  • Cookbooks and food-related titles
  • Art and architecture titles
  • Titles with a local focus.

Please note there is not a children’s component to the Savannah Book Festival, thus children’s books are not included in the festival.  SBF does include one to two YA or YA crossover authors annually.

Due to the volume of work submitted, SBF does not present self-published or author-financed published books. Also, the Festival does not offer vendor or exhibition tents as the focus of the Festival is on the 40 authors invited to appear.

Please click here for the SBF Author Submission Guidelines:  SBF Submission Guidelines 2022 Festival