Heartland Book Festival 2020
Friday, September 11 from 9:00-3:00: Student Day at the Heartland Book Festival
Saturday, September 12 from 9:00-3:00: The Second Annual Heartland Book Festival
The Heartland Book Festival Planning Team uses an application and selection process to invite authors to participate in the festival. To be considered for selection, authors must complete our online application form and comply with our submission guidelines. The Heartland Book Festival is a partnership between Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Hardin County Public Library, and Barnes & Noble ECTC College Bookstore. Our Festival Planning Team will make invitation decisions in consultation with these partners and we reserve the right to choose participants by direct invitation if we feel their work and their participation will enhance our event.
To be considered, authors should apply using the guidelines provided below.
Dates for Authors
November 15, 2019—June 1, 2020
Author applications are open.
May 1, 2020—June 15, 2020
On a rolling basis, Heartland Book Festival will send invitations to participate to selected authors.
July 15, 2020
Deadline for invited authors to confirm participation
Friday, September 11
Student Day (elementary, middle, high school) at the Heartland Book Festival. Authors with titles in Children's or Young Adult genres are required to participate in this day.
Saturday, September 12
The Second Annual Heartland Book Festival
Submission & Application Guidelines
Complete our online application form to be considered for participation. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
Heartland Book Festival
Attn.: Sandi Howard
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
The Heartland Book Festival will give preference to authors whose books meet the following criteria.
Available through a national distributor.
Coded as returnable through the distributor.
Have an ISBN and a bar code.
The Heartland Book Festival will accept some authors and books on consignment.
Authors with books published between September 2019 and August 2020 will receive first consideration.
Our selection team will give special consideration to titles written by Kentucky authors or titles that have a clear Kentucky connection.
If you are invited to participate in the Heartland Book Festival, we will require the following:
One copy of the author’s most-recently published book or an Advanced Reading Copy.
A book cover image from the most-recently published title for use in promotional materials.
The author’s headshot for use in promotional materials.
A participation confirmation.
All materials become the property of the Heartland Book Festival to be used and distributed according to the plans of festival partners.
All participating authors must be available to sign books from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. Authors may take breaks throughout the day. Authors of children’s, middle grade, or young adult books (elementary through high school audiences) will be required to participate in the student activities on Friday, September 11. They must be available to sign books from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11.
Some authors may be invited to give a reading, lead a Q&A, participate on a panel, or lead a workshop.
The Heartland Book Festival cannot cover travel expenses nor pay honoraria to most participating authors. By submitting an application, you are indicating that you or your publisher will pay for expenses related to the Heartland Book Festival unless separate arrangements have been made with the festival partners.
If you must cancel your participation in the Heartland Book Festival, notify the coordinator in writing no later than 1 month prior to the event date.