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Exhibiting at the Rocktown Author Festival

Are you a local, published author interested in exhibiting at the 2024 Rocktown Author Festival? Applications from local authors will be considered from September 18, 2023 - October 29, 2023. Please review the guidelines below, complete the application, and click on the Submit button for consideration by the 2024 Festival Committee.

Author Submissions

Author participation in the 2024 Rocktown Author Festival is by invitation only AFTER an author application form has been submitted through our website and reviewed by the Festival Committee. The Committee will choose authors from those applications received by midnight, October 29, 2023. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed, and online submissions are required. Please read the submission guidelines below closely.

Important Dates:

·         September 18, 2023: Applications open

·         October 29, 2023: Deadline for applications (midnight)

·         December 15, 2023: Author invitations issued via mail or email

·         January 15, 2024: Deadline for invited authors to confirm participation and submit short biography, headshot, and table agreement

·         April 13, 2024: Rocktown Author Festival takes place from Noon – 4PM

Submission Guidelines:

Local authors interested in applying to exhibit at the 2024 Rocktown Author Festival must:

  • be a published author in MRL's service area of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, and Page County, or in our Virginia bordering counties (Augusta, Albemarle, Greene, Madison, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren) or West Virginia bordering counties (Hardy and Pendleton).
  • have published within the past two years.
  • complete the application form below.
  • adhere to Festival Committee's final selections and guidelines for exhibiting.

If invited to participate in the Rocktown Author Festival, some authors may be invited to do a reading or participate in a panel discussion. If you have expertise in these areas, please complete that portion of the application below. Please note that application submission does not guarantee Festival selection. Author selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee, and all Committee decisions on author selection and Festival program format are final.

For more information about the Rocktown Author Festival Submission process, please read these Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply Here

Please complete the application below by midnight, October 29, 2023. 

Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Have you exhibited at Rocktown Author Festival before?
Can you sell your books at the festival?
If your application is chosen, can you commit to being present from Noon-4PM on 4/13/24?

Please review your information above for accuracy and click submit below to have your application sent to our 2024 Festival Committee. Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the 2024 Rocktown Author Festival!

About the Rocktown Author Festival

Massanutten Regional Library (MRL)'s Rocktown Author Festival is an annual event that celebrates local authors and offers support to attendees who wish to become published authors. Rocktown Author Festival includes an open forum for the public to meet and greet local authors, purchase their works, and have books signed by the authors. The event also includes two panel sessions, led by local experts, designed to inform attendees about topics pertinent to the writing and publishing industry. The festival is free and open to the public, but advanced registration through MRL's website is requested. 

Our 2024 Rocktown Author Festival will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg. Registration for the public will be live at MRL's website calendar on January 15, 2024.

Past Festival Brochures

2023 Rocktown Author Festival

2022 Rocktown Author Festival

2019 Rocktown Author Festival

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