Submit an author

The deadline for independent author submissions for TeenBookCon 2022 is September 13, 2021.
TeenBookCon was established in 2009 to connect teens with authors and celebrate literacy and a love of reading.
Please read all of the following information before submitting a book to TeenBookCon:
Participating in TeenBookCon as a featured author is by invitation only. Authors who are invited to participate will be featured in a solo, moderated or panel session; TeenBookCon does not feature authors for book signings only.
What do I need to do for my book to be considered?
To be considered as a featured author for TeenBookCon:

  • Are you represented by one of the major publishing houses?

    • Please have your publicist submit you for consideration.

  • Send or have your publicist send as much of the following as possible:

    • Include full contact information for author and publicist if applicable

    • Two copies of a finished book, galley/ARC, or manuscript you wish to be considered; electronic submissions will not be considered

    • A list of honors, previously published titles

    • Information about your ability to fund your own lodging and travel to Houston if your publisher is not covering the cost

  • Your completed submission packet must be postmarked on or before August 30, 2018.

Send your submission packet to:
TeenBookCon Author Submissions
Attn: Charla Hollingsworth
4250 Cook Road.
Houston, TX 77072
Please bear in mind:

  • There is no fee for submissions.

  • Meeting the criteria for consideration does not guarantee an invitation to participate in TeenBookCon as a featured author.

  • Books submitted for consideration will not be returned, and authors will receive neither feedback nor critique of submitted works.

  • What types of books are considered?

    • Fiction — young adult, any genre

    • Nonfiction — history, biography, memoir, essays, and narrative nonfiction geared toward a young adult/teen audience

    • Poetry (no chapbooks)

What types of books are not considered?
TeenBookCon focuses on connecting TEENS with authors; therefore

  • books outside of the young adult age range or

  • on the topics of self-improvement, how-to books, or

  • books strictly of primary academic or religious interest will not be considered.

  • No booklets of any genre will be considered.

What if I'm a self-published or self-printed author?
Self-published titles will only be considered if:

  • The title is bound.

  • Printed copies can be available for our bookseller (Blue Willow Bookshop) to sell.

The consideration for self-published titles that meet the above criteria will be the same as traditionally published books, outlined above. TeenBookCon will not accept self-published titles that exist only in eBook format.  
What happens when a book is selected?

  • We typically begin issuing invitations to participate in TeenBookCon as a featured author by mid-November until the roster is full.

  • We will ask authors who are invited to participate to provide materials for inclusion in the TeenBookCon program and on the website.

  • We do not provide monetary compensation for participation.

  • As we are unable to notify individuals who are not selected, we post an announcement on the festival website when all submissions have been considered and invitations have been sent.