The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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Original photograph of Old Main by Deanna Dent / ASU Now. Other original photographs by NASA.

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair

Literary arts for the larger community

Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair presents an afternoon of readings, panels, conversations, and performances from authors, publishers, and other literary organizations from all over the Southwest.  

This year's fair takes place on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Front Lawn of Old Main on ASU Tempe (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 82581). 

All fair events and activities are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend.

To learn more about the fair, you can meet our exhibitors or view the fair schedule.

Interested in exhibiting? Engage with over 30,000 community members and 300 attendees by becoming an exhibitor today!

Become an Exhibitor

To apply to exhibit at the 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference and Literary Fair, simply complete the following form. Applications will be reviewed and responded to on a rolling basis, with final deadline of November 1. All applicants notified by December 1, 2019.

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or if there are any questions we can answer or other things you’d like to discuss. Thank you so much for your interest, we look forward to connecting with you soon!

Enter the full name of the individual or organization applying to exhibit
Select the category that describes the applicant best
Please select whether you are interested in a full space or a half space. Each space is 10' x 10' and comes with one six foot table and two chairs. Full spaces are $200; half spaces are $100. Financial and in-kind sponsorship options are available as well.
How will your presence add value to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair?
Copy and paste your professional biography or a description of the organization into the space below (no more than 120 words).
If you have ideas for activities, performances, or other programs at the fair at this point in time, enter them in the space below. You do not need to have an idea at this point in time.