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Call for Literary Artists

Deadline: January 21, 2022

All Literary Artist applications for 2022 will be submitted online. Please read carefully all information below before submitting your application. 

2022 Deadlines & Important Dates

  • Friday, January 21: Application due no later than 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 10: Notification letters / Contracts sent to artists
  • Friday, March 31: Signed contracts due back to Festival no later than 5:00 pm
  • TBA: 2022 Utah Arts Festival

The Show

The 46th annual Utah Arts Festival is scheduled for TBA at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. More than 170 visual artists from across the country are juried in to participate in our Artist Marketplace. The Utah Arts Festival is the largest, outdoor, multi-disciplined event held in Utah. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the Festival remains one of the premiere events that kicks off the summer in Utah each June. More than 70,000 patrons enjoy four days of award-winning fine arts in the Artist Marketplace, live performances on five stages, street theater, fine arts exhibition, a film program, children's art and culinary arts.

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 2020 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.

Thanks for your interest! The 2022 application will open November 1, 2021.


Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 21, 2022.


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, 2022.

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.

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