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National Author's Day - Call for Entries


National Authors Day • Knoxville TN • November 1, 2019

Authors currently living in East Tennessee are invited to apply to be a “featured author” at Knoxville’s National Authors Day. This one-day event has been celebrating authors and the books they write since 1949, when the United States Department of Commerce officially recognized November 1 as National Authors Day. Presented for the first time in Knoxville, by the Authors Guild of Tennessee, the day will recognize and honor local authors and raise awareness to our rich literary community. The Authors Guild of Tennessee is committed to facilitating opportunities for people to meet authors. By getting to know an author, people can discover more details about their books, find inspiration through the writer’s challenges or successes, and ultimately enhance the reading experience.

Selection Process: Authors will be selected by a panel of book sellers and literary professionals. The selection committee reserves the right to accept or reject any author/book submitted at their sole discretion. All decisions will be final and are not subject to review. Selection panel: Marilyn Kallet, Flossie McNabb, Charles Dodd White, Rhea Carman

Criteria for Entries: All published and self-published works published within the last four years, all genres, with professional standards of editing, an ISBN, and barcode will be considered. You must provide one copy of your book (books will not be returned) and fill out an application form, which will include a brief description of your work and your bio. To be considered, your application must be complete and received by the deadline. No entry fee.

Expectation of Selected Authors: Selected authors must be comfortable with mingling with public and the media. Authors must provide adequate number of copies of their book at least one week prior to the event to Union Ave Books. Authors will be scheduled for a 30-minute period, which will include their talk, Q&A, and book signing. Authors should be available for the entire day, although they will be scheduled for either morning, afternoon, or evening presentations. All author presentations will take place in the downtown area of Knoxville.

Selected Authors will receive:

• A “Featured Author Certificate”

• Consignment contract with Union Ave Books for the month of November

• Press kit, marketing materials, and detailed plan to help you promote your presentation

DEADLINE for Entries: by 5:00 pm on August 30, 2019 • Deliver or mail application and book to: UNION AVE BOOKS, ATTN: DAVIS, 517 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902 • OR email electronic version (pdf) of application and book to: with subject line: national authors app

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NOTIFICATION of Selection: Winners will be announced by September 30, 2019


Online Featured Author Application Form

Printable PDF Application Form 


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