Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center
September 27-28, 2024
Submissions open March 1, 2024
The 2024 Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival will accept author submissions from March 1-May 31, 2024.
The annual book festival celebrates Texas authors. Applications are open to:
Authors who live in Texas
Authors from Texas
Authors with a book about a Texas topic
The online application will be available March 1.
About the festival
The Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival began in 2006 with a twofold purpose: to promote Texas literature, and to give our small community the opportunity to connect directly with authors. The Giddings Public Library serves a population of 5,067 in a small, rural area. Giddings is situated halfway between Austin and Houston on Highway 290. During the 2023 festival, authors sold an average of 25 books each. Our highest-selling author sold 57 books; our lowest-selling author sold 2 books. The 26 festival authors sold a total of 657 books during the 2023 festival. Although many festival authors are self-published, we've also welcomed hybrid-published and traditionally published authors.
March through May--Committee members read and review books
June--The committee meets to analyze scores received by all books and select festival authors
July--All authors who submitted applications and books prior to the deadline will be notified; your notification will indicate whether or not you've been selected to participate in the 2024 festival
Mid-August--Accepted authors will receive an email with follow-up instructions