FAQ

What is the Quill and Ink Literary Festival?

The Quill and Ink Literary Festival is a new, modern take on the renowned Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival. It is a one-day event which will feature author-led writing workshops, food, games, virtual reality, and a Drag Queen story hour, all leading up to our student and community magazine release party that evening.

Three awards will be handed out to participating authors in categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with a special fourth award being given to a standout self-published work. The Quill and Ink Literary Festival  hopes to bring to light overlooked elements of literary works and uplift marginalized voices while inspiring creativity in our community and beyond. The festival is held on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and is sponsored and organized by Grassroots, SIUC’s student-run literary magazine.

When/where is the 2023 Quill and Ink Literary Festival?

The 2023 Quill and Ink Literary Festival will be held at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois on April 29th, 2023.

Is there a submission fee?

Yes, the Quill and Ink Literary Festival requires a $15 submission fee which can be paid here. The submission fee helps fund the festival and Grassroots.

How is the Quill and Ink Literary Festival funded?

The festival is sponsored by Grassroots, the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of English’s undergraduate creative magazine. The Quill and Ink Literary Festival is made possible by the SIUC Fine Arts Activity Fee, the SIUC Department of English, the SIUC College of Liberal Arts, the Crab Orchard Review, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

What is required of the winning authors?

The Quill and Ink Literary Festival will be awarding three authors across the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. A special fourth award will be given to a standout self-published manuscript. Both traditionally published and self-published authors may enter into the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories. Each winner will receive a $1,500 honorarium based upon the condition that they pay for their own travel to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and teach a workshop, which will be determined by the festival, that centers around the material featured in their creative work. A two-night hotel stay will be provided by the festival.

The workshop will be determined by the festival; authors will be informed of the nature of the workshop when the festival notifies them that they have won the award. Each author will teach one workshop that lasts an hour and thirty minutes. Authors must pay for their own travel to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois out of the prize money they are given.

What works can be submitted to the Quill and Ink Literary Festival in 2023?

Manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that were either traditionally published or self-published in 2020-2022 can be submitted to the festival.