Louisville Literary Arts is now accepting panel proposals for the 2019 Writer's Block Festival on November 16. Sessions will be 45 minutes to one hour (including audience q&a). We encourage individual submissions but will also consider group proposal submissions for panels. Only one proposal submission is allowed per person; participants can present only once during the conference. 

To submit your proposal via Submittable

LLA requires the following info in a Word document: 

  • title 
  • abstract (100 words)
  • short bio (50 words per panelist) and any applicable links or past conference highlights
  • why your topic is relevant to writers (50 words) 

Panels should consist of a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 persons, including the moderator. One of the panelists may also serve as the moderator. Panel proposals should identify the moderator, and all panelists must be listed on the proposal.

If your program will require AV (projector, screen, clicker), please indicate this on the proposal submission form. Due to production costs and space limitations, sessions/slots with AV may be limited. For that reason, please explain how you intend to use AV for your session and why it’s imperative. 

Handouts are the responsibility of the presenter.

About Writer's Block

The Louisville Literary Arts's Writer’s Block Festival brings together published and emerging writers, readers, professors, and book industry professionals for a full-day, free public event. The Festival hosts a range of readings, panels, staged interviews, open mics, and a print & resource fair. The Festival culminates with a reading by the Anne and William Axton Keynote, sponsored by the University of Louisville creative writing program. Craft workshops and agent/editor pitch sessions are fee-based and require pre-registration. 

The annual Louisville Literary Arts Writer's Block Prize in Fiction, which will be judged by Garth Greenwell. One winner will receive $500, publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program, and an invitation to read at the Writer's Block Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on November 16, 2019.  

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages. A new book of fiction, Cleanness, is forthcoming from FSG in early 2020. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. He lives in Iowa City.  


  • Submit a short work of fiction (up to 4,000 words).
  • Up to 3 multiple entries will be considered; Entry fee applies to each submission.
  • Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere in the document. Documents that include author identification will be disqualified. 
  • All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via Submittable. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted; please notify us and withdraw your work through Submittable if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

 Entry fee: $12.00
Opens: May 1, 2019
Deadline: August 1, 2019

Louisville Literary Arts