There are so many ways to get involved with the Virginia Festival of the Book! Our community partners, sponsors, and volunteers provide critically needed support to ensure that Festival programming reaches people of all ages and backgrounds, and speaks to the diverse interests and needs of Virginians. 

Speak about your book

Authors (and publishers or publicists, on their behalf) can submit participant applications during our annual June-September submission period. The applications are available on this website by June 1 each year for the Festival taking place the following spring.

Partner with us

Community partners have the opportunity to propose a program and help promote it, provide a venue, and/or support the work of the Festival through a sponsorship. To learn more or suggest a program, contact by September 15 for the Festival taking place the following spring.

Sponsor a program

Any community organization wishing to sponsor the Festival, a specific program, or a track of programs can contact Kalela Williams at or call (434) 924-6561. Benefits vary with the event and size of sponsorship but may include: name and logo displayed on the website and in printed materials; name and logo displayed at the event; public announcement of sponsorships; and/or complimentary tickets and special seating.


Whether helping out for a couple hours or a few days, volunteers play a big role in the Festival. The Festival could not happen without volunteers.

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