Participate

Make a Contribution!

Although the 2020 festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, your donation will support non-festival programming throughout the year. We deeply appreciate any and all contributions to help keep the Mississippi Book Festival and its programming FREE and open to the public. Donations at any level from readers like you are vital to our 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 and its programming are made possible through the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations, and partners. Funders help keep the annual event and non-festival activities FREE and open to the public. With the cancellation of the 2020 festival due to COVID-19 concerns, year-round programming will be even more important. Benefactors help us: bring books to life for children in low-income schools, champion Mississippi’s public libraries, and connect authors and readers at events. 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, please reach out by email.


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

Interested in joining the volunteer crew, please reach out by email.


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.

For more information, please reach out by email.


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.

Suggestions for the 2021 festival are welcome October 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021, (any suggestion received after that date will be considered on a case by case basis).

Notifications will be issued by June 1, 2021.

Submit your ideas for official panelists online here.