Rockland Public Library has put out a call for local writers to apply for a spot in the first-ever local authors fair, which will take place Saturday, April 13. Authors (represented by a publishing company or self-published) who live in Knox, Waldo or Lincoln counties and have published fiction or nonfiction for children, teens or adults are welcome to apply. Space is limited.

Each participant will have a designated space to display and promote his or her book(s) throughout the event. Authors will get to meet other writers, interact with potential readers, make new contacts and connect with old friends. Whether authors already have a fan-base or are looking to meet new people who would be interested in their work, this should be a great opportunity to interact.

Participants will be responsible for supplying their own books to sell and for providing change and/or the ability to accept credit card purchases. Library staff will not be available to help with sales. Authors must be willing to help promote the event.

Submissions, which must include the Local Author Fair Application form, will be accepted through March 1. At that time, all applications will be reviewed and participants selected for the fair will be contacted no later than March 15. Application forms are available for pick up at the library, 80 Union St.; by emailing Patricia King at pking@rocklandmaine.gov; or via the library’s Facebook page.

As part of the application process, participants must supply a copy of their book(s), which may or may not be added to the library’s collection. Those not selected for the fair who would like to collect their book(s) must do so by March 25; after that date, the book(s) will remain as property of Rockland Public Library.

The library also hopes to offer mini-presentations from authors. Authors will be asked to present a brief (5 to 10 minutes) book talk or reading to an audience. Presentations must be brief and engaging. For more information, contact Patricia King via email or by calling 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.