For Authors

Dear Author,

Before deciding whether our festival is
“right” for you, please carefully read the
information below, paying particular attention
to the “Peculiarities.”

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring together
authors with avid readers, novice
writers, and fans.  We do this in
small, intimate settings.  We do not
see ourselves as an academic festival,
though we seek to advance authors of
literary quality.  Nor are we a book
fair in which the primary objective is
to sell books.

One of our goals is to raise awareness of works of
literary significance from smaller presses.  We do
focus on regional writers, though not exclusively.
And yes, we do like an occasional feather in our
cap.  But overall, our aspiration is to create a
literary community which is in dialogue with
readers, aspiring writers, and established authors
about craft and ideas of sustaining merit.

Another goal is to make sure our authors are
having good time.  In the best scenario, authors
leave the festival feeling renewed and rededicated
to their work.  So frequently when an author
writes in isolation, it is hard to believe that
his/her work is making an impact on people and
society.  But situating authors and readers
together in close quarters, as our festival does,
makes it possible for authors to hear stories of
how their work has influenced people.  It’s not
just signing a book, it’s making a human

We hope the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
inspires people to read more, write more, and
contribute positively to society through the
literary arts.

Festival Peculiarities

We do not pay our participating authors
(with the exception of our workshop leaders and
special program authors), though we do treat
authors with good small town hospitality during
their stay including meals for themselves and a

Authors are assisted in obtaining housing
for the Festival through discounted rates at local
inns or B and Bs, or they may choose to stay at no
cost in the guest quarters of local homes.

Authors are not tied down to a table all
day, but are free to roam the town, attend other
sessions, or gab with other authors in more
sequestered areas.  Some authors prefer to spend a
full two days attending others’ readings.  As
festival planners, we thoroughly enjoy this
contribution.  However, some choose to leave after
their sessions, which is equally acceptable.

Our events are spread all over our small
town— in galleries, small stores, the Town Center,
library, nearby churches, and other various

Events are scheduled simultaneously.  As
many as nine different events may be occurring at
any one time.

We have a festival bookseller who sells all
festival author books – authors do not sell their
books on their own.  (Therefore, if books sales
are high on your list of priorities or you enjoy
pitching your books, you will not find this event
to your liking—and vice versa.)

Authors gather for morning and
afternoon-session book-signings as a group.  No
individual authors will have their own signings.

We expect our participating authors to
carefully read and respond to our communications
with them in order to best serve the needs of the
authors, festival attendees, and planners.
Information we send will include the program
schedule as well as arrangements pertaining to
lodging, meals, and other important

Author presentations are limited to two
consecutive years.  Exceptions may be made if an
author has a new, significant work.  At the same
time, we welcome past participants as attendees or
to assist us as session moderators or introducers
if they wish.

Not everyone attending the Festival is a
writer or aspiring writer.  Most participants are
avid readers and book lovers.  We ask that authors
plan presentations accordingly.


1. Submit request to between
September 1 and October 31st of the year before
the festival in which you want to participate –
only requests submitted during this time frame
will be considered.

2. Include a one to three paragraph bio of
published works including dates, publishers,
descriptions, and reviews.  Please identify works
by fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as well as
theme, e.g., historical fiction, mystery, etc.

3. Include any needs with regard to compensation,
travel expenses, etc.  Please keep in mind that
the majority of authors are not paid honoraria
with a few exceptions such as the banquet speaker
and workshop leaders.  Most author meals are
covered during the festival and no-cost
accommodations in private homes or cottages are made available
to those who request them.  If you are a North
Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar,
mention it!

4. Submit a description of what presentation or
presentations you would like to provide such as a
reading, a discussion of techniques or research,

Please keep in mind we are a festival for readers,
not necessarily other writers.

5. Let us know if you have presented at the
festival before and if so, what year and what

6. Tell us how you heard about the festival and
why you would like to participate.