Local Author Program

51st Annual Local Author Exhibit


About the Program

The Local Author Program highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region. A centerpiece of the Local Author Program is the annual Local Author Exhibit. In its 51st year, the aim of the Exhibit 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 mid-September alerting all San Diego county authors who published books in the current year to submit them. The annual deadline for submitting books is in mid-November.

The Exhibit runs throughout the entire month of February in the lobby of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. Qualified participants will be invited to a special Local Author event to kick off the exhibit. Submitted publications are also exhibited in an Online Gallery that lasts throughout the year and features author information, book cover images, and title and publishing information.

In 2015, the Library inaugurated a special Little Local Authors exhibit for writers ages 11 and under, conceived in order to accommodate the increasing number of young authors who enter the Local Author Exhibit every year. Little Local Authors takes place in March following the adult exhibit in February. In 2016, Teen Local Authors will be highlighted and featured as well for teen writers between 12 and 18 years of age.

The San Diego Public Library has long hosted special events for authors including book discussions, writing workshops and author talks, where writers are able to interact directly with their readers as they share, sell and sign their books. The Local Author Exhibit is presented for reading interest as well as the opportunity to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have locally.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Local Author Exhibit?

What is the Little Local Authors?

What is Teen Local Authors?

What is the goal of the Local Author Exhibit?

How do I participate in the Exhibit?

How many books am I allowed to submit? How many copies do you need?

May chapbooks, pamphlets and individual chapters by local authors be submitted?

What if I just heard about the Exhibit this year or my book was published before 2016?

What is the Online Exhibit?

Can I submit an ebook?

My book is in both print and ebook format. Which do you prefer?

What is the deadline to enter the Local Author Exhibit?

Can self-published materials be submitted?

What happens to the books submitted for the Exhibit?

For more information about the Local Author Program contact us at [email protected]. For other events at the San Diego Public Library's Central Library and 35 branches, or to search for materials in the Library's catalog or to find links to numerous additional resources, please visit www.SanDiegoLibrary.org or call the San Diego Public Library at (619) 236-5800.