Call for Literary Artists

Thanks for your interest. 2018 applications are closed. 


Deadline: January 26, 2018

All Literary Artist applications for 2018 will be submitted online. Please read carefully all information below before submitting your application. 

2018 Deadlines & Important Dates

  • Friday, January 26: Application due no later than 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 16: Notification letters / Contracts sent to artists
  • Friday, April 6: Signed contracts due back to Festival no later than 5:00 pm
  • June 21-24: 2018 Utah Arts Festival

The Show

The 42nd annual Utah Arts Festival will be held Thursday, June 21, through Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. The 2018 Utah Arts Festival will feature an artist's marketplace, performance on nine stages, an art exhibition, a children's art yard, food and drink from around the world, and much more. Attendance at the Utah Arts Festival averages 80,000. The Utah Arts Festival is presented by the Utah Arts Festival Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to promoting the arts in Utah. The 2018 Utah Arts Festival will expend more than $200,000 in marketing and advertising and will receive approximately $250,000 in editorial and media coverage.

Selection Process

Artists will be selected by a peer jury comprised of literary artists and critics. Artists serving as jury members and the groups with whom they perform are invited prior to the jury to perform at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival.

Jury selections will be based upon materials submitted with the application and on past performances both in Utah and at the Utah Arts Festival. The jury will look for professionalism, originality, creativity, and suitability of materials for the Utah Arts Festival.


Please complete the online application in full. Additionally, if you'd like, please feel free to include links to published works, performances, or a video of previous performances. However, being a published author or having footage of performances is NOT REQUIRED for a complete literary application. These are simply additional resources to illustrate your talent. Your attachments should reflect the actual type of performance you plan on presenting at the Utah Arts Festival.


Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 26, 2018.


Accepted performing artists are required to sign a contract with the Utah Arts Festival Foundation, Inc., specifying, among other things, payments, requirements and liability. Accepted performers grant the Festival permission to use submitted materials for archival, publicity, and web site purposes before, during and after the Festival.


Payment to performers will be negotiated by the performer and the Literary Arts Coordinator of the Festival. The Festival does not pay transportation or housing for local or regional artists. No onsite payments will be made. All checks will be mailed by July 31, 2018.

Information packets detailing all production and setup information will be sent to accepted artists with their contract. Questions regarding the Utah Arts Festival may be directed to Festival offices, (801) 322-2428, by mail to 230 South 500 West, #120, Salt Lake City UT 84101, or emailed to


The Utah Arts Festival will be in downtown Salt Lake City at the Library Square and Washington Square (the City & County Buildings). The Festival is a fenced, ticketed event with 24-hour security.