Call FOR Submissions

Submissions are now closed for the 3rd annual Orcas Island Lit Fest, taking place April 17th to 19th, 2020. The deadline for submission was September 20, 2019.

If you applied to be a part of OILF 2020, look for a response by the end of November…

About the Festival

The Orcas Island Lit Fest is a book festival targeted at book lovers and the general public. The festival is a celebration of contemporary literary culture. Our goal is to nurture an interest in literature in a wide and diverse audience.  

The main festival will be hosted at The Orcas Center for Performing Arts. Additional offsite events will include the Orcas Island Kids’ Fest at the Orcas Island Library and our Friday-night Lit Walk (a reading event in stages, featuring local and regional writers, held in multiple venues around the village of Eastsound).

 Program Information

  • The Orcas Island Lit Fest Proposals Committee looks for content that will appeal to book lovers who don’t necessarily write.

  • Please do not send us proposals meant for an academic setting or workshops that focus on teaching the craft of writing.

  • In general, the committee gives preference to artists with published or soon-to-be published work within 12 months of the festival date.

  • Proposals may include panel discussions, readings and musical performances.

  • Panel discussions are held at the Orcas Center and last approximately 65 minutes. They generally include 4 authors plus a moderator.

  • Kids’ Fest readings are generally 30–45 minutes.

  • Lit Walk reading slots are 6–8 minutes in length with no exceptions.

  • Musical performances take place at our Friday night Lit Walk and Saturday night main event. You must include a link to a sample of your music.

  • The Orcas Island Lit Fest Proposals Committee evaluates panel proposals on the basis of the merit, suitability and originality of the proposal as a whole, and the merit and blend of voices represented in the panel's proposed lineup. Preference is given to panel ideas that are clear, original and cohesive, with a compelling blend of voices represented.

  • The committee regularly considers individual proposals that may be joined with others, and suggests changes to proposals to better suit the festival's programming. Accepted proposals can generally expect to receive editorial feedback and suggested changes

  • The Orcas Island Lit Fest reserves the right to accept or refuse proposals by any person or organization at its sole and absolute discretion.

Festival presenters must cover their own travel and lodging, but will be provided with a complimentary Artist's Pass to the festival.

Presentation Topics

We value and seek a diverse range of genres, voices, and experiences. The best way to get a sense for the kind of content we seek is to review our 2019 program, which can be found here.