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Exhibit at Meet Your Literary Community

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Calling all local authors, publishers, and other literary orgs! Engage with over 1,000 community members at this year's Meet Your Literary Community, Saturday morning, October 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market (721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). 

Any individual, group, or organization related to creative writing and literary arts is encouraged to apply. All genres and forms are welcome. Space is free.

Applications for this year's Meet Your Community event are closed. More information about next year's event will be announced soon.

To apply, read the guidelines below and complete an application form at

For more information, contact Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or

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

Application Process

Applications for Meet Your Community are accepted through an online form that is about 20 questions long and should take around 15 or 20 minutes to complete. 

Questions consist mainly of contact information, a biography, and a cover letter / statement of purpose (2000 characters max) addressing the following points:

  • Why you would be a good fit for Meet Your Literary Community
  • How your presence would benefit writers, readers, and the public
  • What you would hope to accomplish or achieve by participating


Applications will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the cover letter and their overall fit within the larger applicant pool. Preference may also be given to applicants who are providing free or low-cost events, programs, activites, products, services, or other offerings to the larger community. 

In addition, preference may be given to applicants who have not participated in the previous Meet Your Community events. That being said, individuals or organizations who have participated in the previous events are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

Important Dates

The deadline for applications is August 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM (Phoenix Time). All applicants will be notified by August 15. Exhibitors will be publicly announced September 1.

Submit Your Application

To apply to participate in Meet Your Literary Community, you can submit an application form. 

More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or

Become an Exhibitor