Ends on March 11, 2019


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites speakers and authors to propose presentations (book talks, panel discussions, workshops, thoughtful conversations etc.) to be featured during Baltimore Book Festival and Light City. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:59pm. Please read through the detailed guidelines before submitting your proposal.


Speakers, authors, change-makers, and visionaries who bring innovative ideas and insights are invited to apply. Presentations must be relevant to the festivals mission and vision, and focus on: education, arts (culinary, literary, performance, and visual), advocacy, social justice, or sustainability. You may also pitch your own topic if you do not see an interest listed. This application is not to pitch products or for product demonstrations. 

For speakers interested in hosting a panel discussion, you must include no more than four speakers plus a moderator in your proposal. The applicant is solely responsible for curating a speaker panel. 

Generally, the festival covers travel expenses for speakers. If you have a speaker fee, please be sure to include that fee in the application. If accepted, fees may be negotiated by festival organizers if necessary. 

Applications are screened and selected by festival organizers. 

Please note: applying does not guarantee acceptance. 

Speaker and Author Guidelines

1. Speaker and Author presentations should actively engage the audience and provide a unique and memorable experience for festival-goers.

2. Presentations should be fresh, creative, and unique with a concentration on topics relating to the arts (including culinary), education, advocacy, social justice, or culture. Other topics may be accepted as well.  

3. All speaking engagements are required to be free, open to the public, fully accessible, and operational for the entire festival weekend (including inclement weather, unless a shelter-in-place is put into effect).

4. Speaking engagements must fulfill required schedule. Schedules are subject to change by festivals programming coordinator and/or festival management only.

5. There are no geographic restrictions for application. Parking and some travel expenses may be covered.

6. By submitting an application, you agree to and accept application requirements and guidelines.

7. Submissions will be reviewed and accepted/declined by an official review committee. 

8. Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.

9. If accepted, a contract will be generated, detailing all requirements, deliverables, payment schedule terms and conditions.

10. Speakers and authors accepted to speak at the festival must abide by all contractual obligigations including but not limited to: scheduling, timelines, and deliverables.