Portland Book Festival

Virtual Marketplace Application

Portland Book Festival offers exhibitors the opportunity to reach thousands of book lovers who are ready to buy your products or learn about their services. We look forward to celebrating books—across all genres and age-groups—with you virtually this year November 5–21, 2020

We wanted to find an opportunity for #PDXBookFest exhibitors to continue to connect with our audience members, and this time, potentially, to audiences across the country and globe.

That’s why we’ve launched the first-ever Portland Book Festival Virtual Marketplace. The online center provides exhibitors with a virtual space to showcase your business during the festival online from November 5–21, 2020.

Virtual Marketplace Pricing & Application

Fee $50:

Your organization will be featured among other Exhibitors with an image selected by you and brief text about your organization. The image will link to a URL of your choice (an organizational website is most common), where visitors can find more information about your services and products. Each Exhibitor will also be featured in a tweet from the Literary Arts Twitter.

Please view the Virtual Marketplace here to see how your organization could be featured!

To Apply:

To become a part of PBF’s 2020 Virtual Marketplace, apply via the online form below. Once your application is processed, a link to pay online will be sent to you. Applications and payment must be received by October 30, 2020. 

All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You will hear from us within three business days of submitting your application. Note: Literary Arts reserves to right to refuse an application for any or no reason.

Questions? Please reference our FAQs below the application form.

Virtual Marketplace Exhibitor Application

Please fill out the application below, taking care to fill in all required fields (marked with a red asterisk). You will receive an email from Festival organizers within three business days of your submission.
  • Exhibitor Information


Frequently Asked Questions

What will the Virtual Marketplace look like?

View the Virtual Marketplace here to see how your organization could be featured!

Who can exhibit?

To exhibit at the Portland Book Festival, exhibitors must sell books or book-related materials, or represent a literary program. Book-related materials could include, for example, journals, eyeglasses, apparel, paper goods and stationery, or other items that would be of interest to readers and book lovers.

How many vendors will there be in the Virtual Marketplace?

We don’t know yet! In any given year, we have nearly 100 exhibitors in our lively fair and often have to turn away many applicants due to limited space. But we do not have to face those issues this year! We hope the Virtual Marketplace brings the same diverse array of exhibitors and many more for our audience members to connect with and browse through as they attend PBF events in November 2020.

How many visitors do you anticipate to the Virtual Marketplace?

We are hoping for lots of visitors, but this is our first year and an experiment for us, which is why we’ve kept the pricing to a modest amount. Literary Arts has a large online following: 22,000 combined Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram followers, 40,000 newsletter subscribers, and we typically get 50,000 website visitors during the month of November. We will promote the Virtual Marketplace in our communications (see below).

How will the Virtual Marketplace be promoted?

The Virtual Marketplace will be featured in our communications materials about the virtual Portland Book Festival, including press releases, regular newsletters, schedule/brochures, and on social media. The Virtual Marketplace will be featured prominently on the Portland Book Festival’s website homepage. We are excited to be able to highlight these exhibitors for two and a half weeks in November this year, rather than just one day.

For how long will the Virtual Marketplace run?

The Virtual Marketplace will be hosted for the same duration as the virtual Portland Book Festival, from November 5-21, 2020.

Will the Virtual Marketplace be a part of future festivals?

We are excited to see how this benefits our exhibitors, but look forward to welcoming our wonderful exhibitors back to the Portland Art Museum in fall 2021. 

Still have questions? Please contact Liz Olufson, Literary Arts’ Public Programs Coordinator, at liz@literary-arts.org.