Local Author Program
51st Annual Local Author Exhibit
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-October. For books published in 2016, the submitting period is Monday, September 26th through Monday, November 21st.
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.
It is an annual program open to present San Diego County residents who published a book in the current year. Qualified participants must currently reside within zip codes 91901 - 92199. The Exhibit will be on display in the Dickinson Popular Library of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common for the entire month of February.
Little Local Authors began during the Golden Anniversary of the Local Author Exhibit in 2015 in order to accommodate the increasing number of children authors who enter the Local Author Exhibit every year. It takes place in March following the adult Exhibit in February. Children authors may enter zines, chapbooks, and other unbound booklets.
Teen Local Authors features writers between the ages of 12 and 18 who enter and submit a book in the Local Author Exhibit. Teen authors may enter zines, chapbooks, and other unbound booklets.
The San Diego Public Library sponsors the Local Author Exhibit to nurture and foster local writing and talent in the Greater San Diego area.
The general call to authors for submission goes out in September every year. All correspondence is done electronically.
Please submit only one (1) book per author. We need only one copy.
Except for poetry chapbooks, only books with proper bookbinding and format may be submitted. Books must look like books. No pamphlets, brochures or stapled material can be accepted.
We’ll accept books published the year before (in 2015) that missed the call for submissions deadline. Books published before 2015 do not qualify.
The Online Exhibit showcases authors and their information throughout the year including books, photos, publishers and bios. It opens at the same time as the live Exhibit in February, and closes in December.
eBooks are accepted as long as they were published in the current year. For display purposes, please upload an image of the cover of your book on the online registration form. Your submission is complete. You don’t need to do anything else.
Please register and submit only the print edition.
Registration must be completed and books received by Monday, November 21, 2016.
Yes. The Local Author Exhibit reflects the diversity of the publishing world.
All items submitted to the San Diego Public Library for the Local Author Exhibit are unconditional gifts which will not be returned. Gift materials may be added to the collection in compliance with the Library's collection guidelines. eBooks cannot be added unless they are available through the library’s digital format vendor.
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.