Submit an author
The deadline for independent author submissions for TeenBookCon 2020 is September 13, 2019.
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.