Local Author Expo

Local Author Expo


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Each January, the Greenville County Library System hosts a Local Author Expo featuring authors who work and live in the southeastern United States. With approximately two dozen authors selected each year, the Local Author Expo on Thursday, January 7 offers the chance for local authors to share insights about their work during a virtual event which also features several speakers on topics including fiction and non-fiction writing and getting your work published. The Local Author Expo is sponsored by the Emrys Foundation and the Friends of the Library.


Submission Deadline

October 31, 2020

Are you a professionally or self-published local author? Now accepting online submissions for consideration for participation in the virtual Local Author Expo on Thursday, January 7. Submissions will be accepted through October 31. If you are selected for participation in the virtual Local Author Expo, you will be notified by November 25.



  • Must be a published (including self-published) author living in the southeastern United States.
  • Writing must be original and professionally presented.
  • Books for all ages will be considered.
  • E-published titles and audiobooks will not be considered for this event.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the library. Not all applications will be accepted.
  • Authors must complete the Virtual Local Author Expo Application accompanied by writing samples.
  • Selected authors must be available for a live kickoff event on January 7, 6:00p-7:30p via Zoom for a brief (less than five minutes) introduction and overview of selected work(s) as well as live Q&A.

Important to Note:

Selected authors will not be offered compensation or a speaker’s fee. Selected authors will need to submit a short sample (if different from the application sample) to be featured on the Library’s virtual exhibit page. Selected authors must secure copyright permissions for displayed excerpts. Authors who participated in last year’s Local Author Expo may apply for 2021.


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