Southern Author Expo

Southern Author Expo


Sat, Jan 21, 2023 • 10a-2p • Hughes Main Library

Each year, the Southern Author Expo offers the chance to meet and greet featured regional authors as well as listen to featured speakers as they share information on topics including fiction, non-fiction, and getting your work published.



Aug 1– Aug 22, 2022
Calling all writers! Are you a local author interested in submitting your work for consideration for the Southern Author Expo? See submission guidelines below and check back to submit your work online beginning August 1, 2022.



  • Authors must live in the Southeastern United States or write primarily about the Upstate of South Carolina.
  • Authors must be published (including self-published).
  • Authors must complete the Southern Author Expo application accompanied by writing samples.
  • Selected authors must be available to participate in the Southern Author Expo on January 21, 2023 from 10a–2p (with additional time for setup and breakdown) at the Hughes Main Library.
  • Selected authors may sell their books at their display table during the Southern Author Expo.

Guidelines & Criteria

  • Books for all ages will be considered (including children’s literature and young adult).
  • Preference will be given for books that appeal to a wide general audience including:
    • Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Graphic novels
    • History, biographies, travelogues, fine arts, humor, folklore, home & garden, recreation & leisure, cookbooks, and true crime
  • Epublished titles, audiobooks, textbooks, or professional/academic journals will not be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of library staff.
  • Not all applications will be accepted. Space is limited.
  • Selections will reflect a diverse group of genres and writing styles that have the widest appeal to the community at large.

Important to Note

  • Selected authors will not be offered compensation or a speaker’s fee.
  • Authors will be expected to handle any sale of their book(s). Library staff will not assist with sales. Direct links to sale sites will not be included in Library publicity.
  • Selected authors may submit a short sample (if different from the application sample) to be featured on the Library’s website (see examples from 2022 below). Selected authors must include copyright permissions for displayed excerpts.
  • Authors who have participated in previous author events with Greenville County Library System need to re-apply for consideration.
  • The Library will provide one 6’ table with a gray tablecloth and two chairs. Space assignments will be provided to authors upon check-in on the day of the event.

Featured Writers 2022

We were excited to welcome over a dozen local authors to our virtual Southern Author Expo in 2022. Their works spanned an array of genres including children's literature, fantasy, gothic suspense, young adult, biography, nonfiction, poetry, and more.


Featured Speakers 2022

Wendy Heard

The author of Hunting Annabelle and The Kill Club discusses her thriller and suspense novels and answers your questions in a Q&A. Designed for adults ages 18+.

Watch the Recording
Check out books by Wendy Heard!

Denise Williams

The author of How to Fail at Flirting and The Fastest Way to Fall discusses her funny, steamy romance novels, and answers your questions in a Q&A. Designed for adults ages 18+.

Watch the Recording
Check out books by Denise Williams!

Deb Richardson-Moore

The author of Murder, Forgotten, The Cantaloupe Thief, and The Weight of Mercy discusses her writing process. Designed for adults ages 18+.

Watch the Recording
Check out books by Deb Richardson-Moore!

Ann B. Ross

The author of the Miss Julia series discusses her books, writing process, and inspiration! Designed for adults ages 18+.

Watch the Recording
Check out books by Ann B. Ross!


This event was generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenville County Library System!

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