55th Annual Local Author Showcase
About the Program
The Local Author Program highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region and is presented for reading interest as well as the opportunity to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have locally. A centerpiece of the Local Author Program is the Local Author Showcase. The Showcase includes books and eBooks written by adults, teens and children. In its 55th year, the aim of the Showcase 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 September inviting San Diego County authors who published books in the current year to register for the program and submit their book. The annual deadline for submitting books is typically in late November.
Qualified books are displayed in the Dickinson Popular Library at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. The Showcase runs throughout the entire month of February. Participants are invited to attend a special preview of the Showcase prior to the public unveiling.* Submitted publications are also showcased in an Online Exhibit that lasts throughout the year and features author information, book cover images, title and publishing information. In March, the books become available for public check-out for one year.
The San Diego Public Library has long hosted special events for authors including book discussions, writing workshops and author talks and conferences. Additionally, the Local Author Program includes the Short Story Contest
now in its 3rd
year, the Lit Café
which takes place as the San Diego Pride Festival, and the Author of the Month monthly series sponsored by the Friends of Central Library. This year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine and remaking of our lives, new author programs, including Local Author Share-a-Story
, the Looking Forward, I Believe crowdsourced poem project to celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, and the San Diego Decameron Project, are being offered with mighty support from the local author community. Please check the library’s event calendar
regularly for author related programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Local Author Showcase?
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.
What is the Little Local Authors?
Little Local Authors is a component of the Local Author Program. It began during the Golden Anniversary of the Local Author Program in 2015 to accommodate the increasing number of children authors who enter the Local Author Program every year.
What is Teen Local Authors?
Teen Local Authors, another component of the Local Author Program, features writers between the ages of 12 and 18 who enter and submit a book. Teen authors may enter zines, chapbooks, and other unbound booklets.
What is the Online Showcase?
The Online Showcase features authors and their information throughout the year including books, photos, publishers and bios. It opens at the same time as the live Showcase in February, and closes in February of the following year.
Can I submit an eBook?
eBooks are accepted for display purposes only. To participate authors must upload an image of the book’s cover through the online registration form. Afterwards, your submission is complete. You don’t need to do anything else.
Can my book be checked-out?
Yes. After the Showcase ends in February, books will be shelved alphabetically by author last names in the Local Author Collection located in the Dickenson Popular Library on the first floor. Books won’t be searchable in the library catalog, but author and book title can be found in the Online Showcase. Press “Crtl+F” to search by author name or book title.
For more information about the Local Author Program contact us at email@example.com. 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.