Call for Flash Fiction: “Feed Us” Writing Contest

Brilliant Flash Fiction has an open call for submissions for the “Feed Us” Writing Contest.

Winners and shortlisted stories will be published in the Brilliant Flash Fiction first print anthology (Hunger: The Best of Brilliant Flash Fiction, 2014 – 2019), launched during the Fort Collins Book Festival: Food for Thought on Saturday, October 19, 7 p.m., at Wolverine Farm Publick House (316 Willow Street, Fort Collins). Shortlisted stories and prizewinners will be announced at that time. Authors need not be present to win.

For more information, visit the contest website.

Prompt: “Feed Us”
No Entry Fee
Word limit: 300 words, excluding title

Deadline: SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Submissions: email to [email protected]

$100.00 first prize
$30.00 second prize
$20.00 third prize

Judge: Kathy Fish


Call for Recipes!

Announcing the Food for Thought: Community Recipes Collection Project

What would a food-themed book festival be without a cookbook or two?

Help us create a local “digital cookbook” by submitting your original recipes and family favorites to the Food for Thought Community Recipes Collection. We promise not to tell Mom that you shared her secret ingredients! We’re interested in everything from appetizers to entrees, from drinks to desserts!

Does your recipe have a great family story that goes with it? We’d love to know that, too.

To learn more about the project and to submit your original recipes, visit our online submission portal. Submissions close September 8, 2019.

Collected recipes and stories will be put into an online anthology that will be available for free to the public via the Poudre River Public Library District’s Biblioboard platform.

Book Fest Receives Community Grants for 2019 Event

Fort Collins Book Fest is proud to receive support for this year’s book festival from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Event Fund Grant and from Front Range Community College Foundation. Their generous funding allows us to continue to offer the annual community event free for attendees and to feature prominent authors and speakers.

All three organizations also sponsored last year’s event, The Big Think, which allowed us to host noted authors like Andy Weir and Kimiko Hahn.

2019 FoCo Book Fest Focuses on Food

It’s “Food for Thought” at this year’s Fort Collins Book Festival

The 2019 festival is a literary feast for the foodie in all of us! We celebrate the pleasures of the palate, catch up on gastronomic zeitgeists, and examine the future of food.

The free, two-day event features local and national authors, food visionaries, and culinary experts who are not afraid to challenge the way we think about food and our food systems.

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, and stay tuned for announcements and updates about headliners, authors, and festival activities.

Please Take Our Festival Survey

Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2018 Fort Collins Book Festival! Please take a moment to complete our brief online survey. Your responses and suggestions help us continue to improve the festival and to secure future funding so we can keep the event going for free. All responses are anonymous.

The survey will be open until November 20, 2018.

Getting Around the Festival

NOTE: There is construction happening near the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, one of our festival venues. Access to the museum is only open via College Ave. Other roads — Cherry St. and Mason St. — are closed.

But, don’t worry! We have a free shuttle that can help you get around the festival with ease. And, it will a beautiful day for a walk.

Free Shuttle Service

Go green! The Fort Collins Book Fest has added a new option to help you get around the festival venues: Free rides from Biodiesel for Bands shuttle service!

The shuttle will be available on Saturday, October 20 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

You can request a ride to and from any of the book festival venues (excluding CSU) by calling or texting BFB Shuttle at (970) 795-2590 with your location and destination. The shuttle will arrives within a few minutes.

The shuttle is a great option especially for sessions at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery — access the Museum is only available from College right now due to construction. You can’t use Cherry St., Mason St., or any other way because of construction.


Parking is limited in downtown Fort Collins and around some of our festival venues. We encourage attendees to use RideTransfort public buses and the MAX Bus Rapid Transit if possible. Of course, there are always options through ride-shares like Uber and Lyft.


Pace Fort Collins is a bike share program that allows you to rent bikes all over town 24/7. Check out the Fort Collins Bike Share website for more information. Bringing your own bike? There are lots of racks available at the venues to secure your bicycle.

Downtown Parking

If you’re driving down to the festival, remember that parking can be limited in areas. See the City of Fort Collins parking map to help you find parking.