Each year, the Library System invites submissions from local authors to participate in this special event. With approximately two dozen authors selected each year, the Local Author Expo 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.
Are you a local author interested in participating next year? Please see submission information below and check back in the fall for your chance to share your work with our community.
2021 Featured Writers
We were excited to welcome over a dozen local authors to our virtual Local Author Expo event. Featured writers included Paulette Alden, Ellyn Bache, Evelyn Everest, Paul Michael Garrison, Emily Golus, Colleen Hall, Sally Handley, Emily Martin, Charles Pate, Jr., Jordan Poss, Deb Richardson-Moore, Kimberly Simms, Kathryn Smith, and Susan Zurenda.
Their works span an array of genres including children's literature, young adult, and adult fiction; romance, nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and more. Our community learned about their writing process during this live virtual event.
Meet the Author Events 2021
Featured authors shared their process, their work, and information about the writing process and getting published.
Submissions are no longer being accepted for participation in the virtual Local Author Expo. If you missed the deadline, don’t worry! If you are a local author interested in submitting your work for next year’s event, please check back during fall of 2021 for submission opening and deadlines.
- 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.
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 2022. Check back in the fall for more about submitting your work for Local Author Expo 2022.