Apply to Become a Wordplay Author

2019 Wordplay submissions will be open June 1–December 31, 2018. Wordplay will present approximately 100 authors whose books are published within the year the festival takes place. Authors will be from Minnesota and beyond.

We expect a large number of submissions and are unable to respond to every submission individually or return materials sent for consideration. All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in a panel or solo session; Wordplay does not feature authors for book signings only.

Please read the following information before submitting a book or workshop to the festival

How is a book considered?
To be considered for Wordplay 2019, please send or have your publicist send a copy of a finished book/galley/ARC/manuscript with a cover letter to:

Steph Opitz
The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Please note: Electronic submissions will not be considered.

When should a book be submitted?
We accept submissions of books June 1 through December 31, the year before Wordplay. While we will consider books published up to 18 months prior to the start of the festival, priority is given to books published within the festival year.

What types of books are considered?
Our goal is to provide an excellent and diverse mix of literature for all visitors and participating authors, featuring books from the following genres:

  • Fiction—including all genres such as thrillers, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, and Westerns
  • Narrative nonfiction—history, biography, memoir, and essays. Nonfiction books are considered from a variety of perspectives that encourage and engage in fair, respectful discussions of history, figures, and ideas.
  • Graphic novels
  • Cookbooks and food-related titles
  • Poetry
  • Children’s picture book, middle grade, and young adult literature
  • Titles with a Minnesota focus and titles written by Minnesota authors

What types of books are not considered?
Wordplay focuses on the promotion of literature and Minnesota literary culture; we will not consider self-improvement, how-to, or strictly academic or religious books. We will not accept titles of any kind that exist solely in e-book format.

Should a self-published/printed author submit?
Self-published titles will only be considered if they meet the following criteria:

  • Printed copies can be available for our bookseller to sell
  • A professional has edited the work
  • An established marketing plan has been made and is submitted with the title
  • A functional author website exists

The consideration for self-published titles that meet the above criteria will be the same as traditionally published books, outlined above.