Heartland Book Festival 2021
We are sorry to announce that the 2020 Heartland Book Festival has been canceled due to safety precautions related to COVID-19. Our planning team is now looking ahead to the 2021 festival and we hope you will join us in September 2021.
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
Please check back with us on November 15, 2020 for applications for the 2021 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 2020 and August 2021 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. 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. They must be available to sign books from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday.
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.