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Call for Submissions: 51st Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

Call for Papers/Presentations 

The 51st Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

April 11-13, 2018

The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Deadline for Submission: November 30, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: December 18, 2017


Call for Breakout Session and Poster Proposals 

We invite abstracts (of approximately 250 words) for 45-60 minute breakout sessions that are of professional interest to our attendees (teachers and librarians from across the nation).


The following information must be submitted via the online application:

  • Submit a proposal including title, session proposer (with full contact information), name of presenter(s), and abstract.
  • Provide a brief (3-4 sentence) summary of your session (workshops only)
  • Provide an abstract (250 words)
  • Provide a brief (3-4 sentence) bio of session presenter(s)


Please be aware that:

  • Presenters are responsible for handouts and other materials required for their session.  Attendees enjoy handouts- and although it is difficult to estimate attendance we recommend having no less than 40 per session.  Highest-attended sessions have had up to 85 attendees.
  • Presenters may not attach items to the walls or ceiling of the rooms and may not use confetti or glitter.
  • Accepted workshops receive complimentary registration to the festival with luncheons included.  Presenters are responsible for travel and housing.
  • Proposals are selected via blind review.


Feedback from previous festivals indicated a strong interest in the following:

  • Common Core
  • Public Libraries
  • School Libraries
  • Community Outreach
  • Storytelling
  • How to Get Published
  • Booktalks/Best New Books
  • Programming
  • Technology/Social Media


Applications and more information may be found here:

Call for Submissions