Jax Book Fest 2020 Application

The application deadline is November 30, 2019

The application must be complete and include full payment in order to be accepted and processed.

Submitting an application with payment does not guarantee acceptance.


Thank you for your interest in Jax Book Fest 2020! Unfortunately, the author application has closed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on December 20, 2019. To stay connected, sign-up for our newsletter below!

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Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2020 Jax Book Fest!

Application rules and regulation can be found here.

Please Remember Author Application Criteria

  1. Authors must reside in the Jacksonville area (Duval, Nassau, Clay, St.Johns, Baker, Union, and Bradford Counties in FL, and Camden, Charlton, and Glynn Counties in GA.)
  2. Public demand and interest
  3. Professional critical reviews
  4. Presentation and readability
  5. Author/Artist reputation
  6. Availability of the information or material elsewhere
  7. Local or national significance of the author
  8. Compatibility of the e-material with our digital platforms or quality of the physical format
  9. The author must represent and warrant full ownership and/or legal rights to publish all material in the book(s), including artwork.

It is our goal to highlight the best authors that Florida has to offer. We review hundreds of application and select only the authors that meet and exceed our standards. Bring your best work and take a chance at participating in the literary event of the year!

Please Note: We encourage everyone to apply online. (We implore you, please apply online!) But, if you must, a paper application can be downloaded here and payment sent to: 

Lisa Buggs at JPLPrograms@coj.net 

or mail:

Jax Book Fest

Attn: Lisa Buggs

303 N. Laura Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202


I certify that I have read and fully understand and agree to comply with the Jax Book Fest Fact Sheet and the Regulations contained in this application, and that the information I have provided in this application is true. I will be personally responsible for ensuring that the use of my space is carried out in conformance with this application.

As a participant of the 2018 Jax Book Fest, I agree that I, or anyone entitled to act on my behalf, together with the organization I represent (if any), hereby waive and release the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Public Library, and the organizers of the festival, plus all event partners, sponsors, and volunteers, and their representatives, successors and assigns, from all claims and liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in the festival, even if that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver.

Participation in the Jax Book Fest by individuals, groups or organizations other than City of Jacksonville officials, departments, or committees does not constitute City of Jacksonville or Jacksonville Public Library endorsement.

I understand that participation in the Jax Book Fest does not guarantee acceptance of my work for the Local Author Collection.

By signing this application, I authorize my check (if applicable) to be processed and deposited upon receipt.  I understand that if I am not accepted into the festival, a refund will NOT be issued.

*Children’s authors will be placed in the children’s area of the festival. If you are selling both children’s AND adult books, please indicate if your adult books are appropriate for families or if they should be featured outside of the children’s area.