Make a Contribution!

We deeply appreciate any and all contributions to help make the Mississippi Book Festival an annual event and keep it FREE and open to the public. Donations at any level from readers like you are vital in this event’s continued success. Celebrate and spread the love of reading and good writing with a donation through our fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of Mississippi.

Make a contribution here.

Be a Funder!

The Mississippi Book Festival is made possible through the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations, and partners. Funders help provide the annual event and keep it FREE and open to the public. With these benefactors, we bring books to life for children in low-income schools, champion Mississippi’s public libraries, and connect authors and readers at events year-round. We welcome your support through our fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of Mississippi.

For more information, email us at

Download the 2019 Funder Invitation and 2019 Funder Pledge Form today and join us in making this year’s Mississippi Book Festival the best ever!

Become a Volunteer!

Volunteers are the power source behind the Mississippi Book Festival. Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, from greeting guests at the gates and ensuring rooms are ready for panels, to pointing guests in the right direction on the Capitol grounds. There is a job for everyone starting this summer and continuing beyond the event. Choose a task that suits your interest and preferences:

  • summer or fall
  • inside or outside
  • sitting or standing

We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. View our SignUp opportunities:
  2. Choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Sarah for assistance:

Join as an Exhibitor!

The Mississippi Book Festival offers an exceptional opportunity for individuals, retailers, organizations, and vendors to sell or distribute books, goods, information or food. Potential exhibitors may apply as follows:

  • AUTHORS (self-published and/or published) are welcome in Authors Alley — a large exhibitor tent with tables at the heart of the festival. Please note: Official Panelist authors are not included in this space.
  • BOOKSELLERS are showcased at the center of the festival in our large Booksellers Row Tent, conveniently located directly across from the Book Signings Tent.
  • ORGANIZATIONS (non-profit, government, charitable) have it made in the shade with a provided tent and table in the Community Lawn on the Capitol grounds. Please note: No sales are allowed in this area.
  • FOOD VENDORS are essential in the festival’s Food Truck and Pavilion area.

Ask for more exhibitor participation information at or view the exhibitor overview PDF here.

2019 applications are now available online:
authors alley | booksellers | organizations | food vendors

Suggest a Panelist!

The Mississippi Book Festival each year sponsors approximately 30 Official Panels, in which moderators lead small groups of authors in a discussion of their books. Panels are typically built around a theme (e.g. civil rights history, Southern cooking, historical fiction, poetry). Our author selection committee of publishing and book professionals actively pursues potential panelists for topics, considers submissions, and sends invitations.

Panelist suggestions are received year-round.

Suggestions for the 2019 festival must be received by May 1, 2019, (any suggestion received after that date will be considered on a case by case basis).

Notifications will be issued by June 1, 2019.

Submit your ideas for official panelists online:
panelist suggestions