Who can apply?
Meet Your Literary Community is open to any individual, group, or organization related to creative writing or literary arts of any genre, form, or level of experience.
Examples include but are not limited to: traditional, independent, or self-published authors; literary journals and magazines; small presses and publishers; podcasters; bookstores; freelance editors, ghostwriters, or other creative writing professionals; writing groups or meetups; printers and bookmakers; comic strip artists and graphic novelists; zinesters; author clubs or associations; non-profit organizations; and more.
While applicants do not need to reside in Phoenix in order to participate, applicants must reside or be based in the state of Arizona.
Equipment and Space
Meet Your Community will take place outdoors at the Phoenix Public Market. All exhibitors will be provided with 3' of table space and 1 chair. All exhibitors will share tables. Extra space may be available for publishers, businesses, or other organizations and groups. The Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market will be providing all chairs, tables, and canopies. Beyond this, participants are encouraged to bring any linens, decorations, or other displays for their table. Electricity will not be available. As temperatures can still be somewhat high in early October, please bring water and dress appropriately.
There is no cost to exhibit at Meet Your Community. Space is free.
Sales, Promotion, and Use of Space
Exhibitors are welcome to use their space in any way they may please, including:
- Engaging with community members;
- Distributing information about their organization or books;
- Collecting mailing list sign ups;
- Selling books, products, or services;
- Collecting donations.
Please note: 10% of all sales will be donated to the Phoenix Public Market (per standard market policy). Participants are responsible for providing their own change and point of sale systems, ensuring compliance with city and state tax laws, and all other aspects of conducting sales.
Exhibitors are strongly encouraged to offer some sort of creative way to engage with the public through a tableside activity, including but not limited to poetry on demand; on-the-spot editing or feedback; literary trivia or games; community writing projects like magnetic poetry or haiku; live printing; book-making; and so on.
Bonus points will be awarded for any activities or programs that related to food systems, farming, or other aspects and meanings of the Farmers Market. For more examples, you can view past activities.
Become an Exhibitor