Meet Your Literary Community is open to any individual, group, or organization related to creative writing or contemporary literature broadly construed. 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.
Please note: applicants must have copies of a book, chapbook, or some other kind of printed publication or material available for distribution or sale. Books do not need to be published with a traditional publisher: self-published books, hand-made editions, zines, or similar products are welcome. You can even print something out at home.
Similarly, while applicants do not need to reside in Phoenix in order to participate, applicants must reside or be based in the state of Arizona.
Meet Your Literary Community seeks to provide an accessible and inclusive platform for individuals and organizations of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience to engage with the larger community. While there is no cost, space is limited. As such, applicants may be selected on the basis of their overall fit or position within the larger applicant pool. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants who:
- Feature Programs: Propose a miniature talk, flash reading, pop-up workshop, or other featured event or program
- Offer Tableside Activities: Offer creative ways to engage the public through games, trivia, or some other sort of tableside activitiy
- Have Products or Printed Materials: Have some sort of product or printed material available for distribution or sale
The Piper Center may also choose to give preference to applicants who have not participated in the previous year's Meet Your Community event. Individuals or organizations who have participated in the previous year's event are welcome and encouraged to apply.
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 Phoenix Public 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.
Become an Exhibitor