2020 Local Author Showcase Submissions Open Until November 30

Deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020

After you register, mail your book to:
San Diego Public Library
Humanities Dept.
ATTN: Linda Brawley
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101-7416 

Register for the 2020 Local Author Showcase


About the Program

The Local Author Program highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region and is presented for reading interest as well as the opportunity to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have locally. A centerpiece of the Local Author Program is the Local Author Showcase.

The Showcase includes books and eBooks written by adults, teens and children. In its 55th year, the aim of the Showcase is to bring exposure to local talent and nurture the pursuit of the writing arts in San Diego. A call for submissions goes out in September inviting San Diego County authors who published books in the current year to register for the program and submit their book. The annual deadline for submitting books is typically in late November. 

Qualified books are displayed in the Dickinson Popular Library at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. The Showcase runs throughout the entire month of February. Participants are invited to attend a special preview of the Showcase prior to the public unveiling.

Submitted publications are also showcased in an  Online Exhibit that lasts throughout the year and features author information, book cover images, title and publishing information. In March, the books become available for public check-out for one year. 

The San Diego Public Library has long hosted special events for authors including book discussions, writing workshops and author talks and conferences. Additionally, the Local Author Program includes the Short Story Contest now in its 3rd year, the Lit Café which takes place as the San Diego Pride Festival, and the Author of the Month monthly series sponsored by the Friends of Central Library.

This year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine and remaking of our lives, new author programs, including Local Author Share-a-Story, the Looking Forward, I Believe crowdsourced poem project to celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, and the San Diego Decameron Project, are being offered with mighty support from the local author community. Please check the library’s event calendar regularly for author related programs. 

San Diego Public Library is grateful to the Friends of the San Diego Central Library for their generous support and sponsorship of the Local Author Showcase.

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