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Author Application

Applications for the Canal Town Book Festival are closed for 2024. Emails will be sent out to accepted authors. If you have applied but have not sent in your book, you have until July 31st to do so. If you need to update information on your application or have question please contact Mallory Thompson at .

This year our festival will be held Saturday October 5th, 10am - 3pm.

You have the option of applying online or by snail mail. I recommend applying online if possible.


Print Application closed

Print Book Slip (to be mailed with your book)

Application Deadline: Must be received by June 30th         |         Book Deadline: Must be received by July 15th

Who can apply?

Any author who has written and published a physical book professionally or independently may apply.  We like to present a mix of new and veteran authors to the Tuscarawas County community.


If you are a new author, this is a great first festival to attend. We give you a lot of information prior to the event to help guide you through your first experience.

And if you are a veteran author our goal is to make the event an enjoyable experience for all of our authors with helpful staff and volunteers, and a hospitality table. After all you are our VIP's.

When is the Application Deadline?

Applications must be received by June 30th.

Submission of a review copy of your latest book must be received by July 15th.

After completing your application please mail a review copy of your latest book to:


Canal Town Book Festival

Dover Public Library

525 N. Walnut St.

Dover, Ohio 44622


The submitted book will not be returned and may be used as a raffle prize at the event.

What Does the Committee Provide?

We will provide a six foot table, and 2 folding chairs. We will have a hospitality table with snacks and beverages free to all authors and their table helpers. You will have an author profile on the Canal Town Book Festival website. You will be featured in a social media post on the Canal Town Book Festival Facebook page. You will be included in the festival booklet given to attendees and pre-festival marketing.

Author Profiles

All of our authors will have a detailed profile page on our website, as well as information published in a booklet for the festival. This information will also be used in social media posts leading up the event. Please fill out the application as completely as possible.


Dover High School Gym

520 N Walnut St, Dover, OH 44622

This year we will be moving the festival inside making it possible for us to feature author led panels. 

Book Sales

We will be using a single point of sale. This means that the authors will not need to handle money or payment at their table. Because this festival is open to both traditionally published and independently published authors we have made two options to source books for sale at the festival.


For self-published authors/those sourcing their own books: you will be responsible for providing your
own books to the festival at least 10 days prior to the start of the event. The festival staff will handle the sales of the book and all extra copies will be returned to you following the event. You will receive a check within a reasonable time after the event for any books you sold.

For authors that would prefer that we source the books directly from the publisher/distributor – the books must be available for at least a 40% discount from the list price, along with 60+ days for return
credit and payment.

Book Information

On your application you will need to list the title and retail price for each book you wish to sell at the festival.  You are limited to a maximum of 3 titles. Please do not include any titles that are not yet physically available.


We market the festival to our community with posters at local businesses, newspaper and radio ads, and through social media. To further our reach and inform your unique group of fans that you will be at the festival we will be sending you social media friendly images for you to share. By sharing with your fans that you will be at the Canal Town Book Festival, you will be inviting people we may not be able to reach, who already have an interest in your work. It is always a treat for fans to meet authors they follow, in person and have the opportunity to get a signed copy of their books.


To encourage attendees to purchase from our authors, attendees will be given a raffle ticket for every $5 they spend on books. Raffle prizes are provided by local businesses, sponsors, and the committee. 

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