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Be a part of the Southern Festival of Books

If you are an author interested in being considered for the Festival program, we accept submissions from January 1 to June 1 each year. Please send one copy of your book, along with your full contact information, author bio, and any relevant press materials, to: 

Humanities Tennessee
Southern Festival of Books Program Committee
807 Main St, Ste B
Nashville, TN 37206

We regret that we are not able to return books submitted for consideration. We do not currently accept e-reader-only submissions or self-help books. The Festival receives hundreds of submissions annually. While we do not decline to review any self-published books, we strongly discourage out-of-state self-published authors from submitting books for review.

Volunteer:  It takes about 400 community volunteers each year to make the Southern Festival of Books such a great success. Thanks to individuals who care about books and want to share their passion for reading, Nashville becomes a literary center for the three days of the event. Author feedback each year praises our system of offering courtesy rides from the airport, our community members who host each session at the Festival, the friendly and helpful people in the Author Hospitality Suite and more. There are numerous volunteer roles to be played at the Festival, from working in book sales and headquarters to serving on committees and lots in between. Keep an eye out for the 2015 Volunteer Form, where you'll be able to submit your name and preferences. Contact with any further questions.

Donate: Humanities Tennessee is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, not connected to any branch of government. We do receive federal funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities, but it is not enough alone to sustain all of our programs. We rely upon, and appreciate, the hundreds of individuals in Nashville and across Tennessee who believe in the Festival and choose to support the event with their contributions. Please consider a contribution that will help us to maintain the Festival as a premier event, welcoming authors from across the country for three days of serious literary inquiry and joyous celebration of the written word each year. You may send us a check to: Humanities Tennessee, 807 Main St, Ste B, Nashville, TN 37206, make an online donation, or sign up for our monthly automatic deduction program by contacting Alexis Stevens at: Thank you for supporting the Festival!

Sponsor:  If you are a business interested in serving as a sponsor of the event through a direct contribution, or in-kind support through donation of goods or services, please contact Jennifer Chalos at: or call: 615-310-8344.