Heartland Book Festival 2022

Our planning team is now looking ahead to the 2022 festival and we hope you will join us
Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2022.

Author Participation

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

January 17, 2022 through June 30, 2022

The 2022 Author Application is closed.

Festival planning team will send rolling invitations from February through July, 2022.

Submission & Application Guidelines

Complete our online application form to be considered for participation.  Incomplete forms will not be considered.

2022 Author Application Closed

Mail to:

Heartland Book Festival

Attn.:  Sandi Howard

600 College Street Road

Elizabethtown, KY  42701

Book Requirements

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.

Authors with books published between September 2021 and August 2022 will receive priority consideration. 

Our selection team will give special consideration to titles written by Kentucky authors or titles that have a clear Kentucky connection.

Participating Authors

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.