4/10/18 - SOLD OUT! Reservations for exhibitor spaces is now closed. Please check back in the fall for 2019 Festival information.
Full details about renting booths and open-air tables are on the application form below, but here's the basic information.
Applications and payment are due by April 10. However, space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your space early.
Space options include:
1. A table and 2 chairs in a tented booth ($160 for commercial vendors, $60 for registered nonprofit organizations)
2. A table and two chairs in the open air, NO tent ($80 for commercial vendors, $30 for registered nonprofit organizations.
Important information for commercial vendors
The City and County of Montgomery and the State of Alabama require you to pay sales tax on any sales made at the festival. If you are a registered business in the city, county, and state, you don't need to do anything other than your usual reporting and paying of those taxes and don't need to read any further.
If you do not have a City of Montgomery or a Montgomery County business license or are not registered with the Alabama Department of Revenue to pay state sales tax, the following information is for you.
The Alabama Department of Revenue requires that you register online to pay sales tax. Go to https://revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/business-tax-online-registration-system/ and follow the links to register to pay sales tax. There is no cost to register.
Montgomery County requires vendors to have a current business license, and we will help you get it. The cost is $16. When your vendor application for the Festival is approved, we'll send you the County business license application form to fill out and return to us. We will collect everyone's application and take them to the County office to be processed and then pick up your license for you. It will be good until the end of September 2018.
The City of Montgomery also requires vendors to have a business license, but they issue a one-time special event license that covers all the Festival vendors. The event license is $512, and the cost will be divided among the commercial vendors.
The overall cost of the County and City licenses will likely be $45, depending on how many vendors there are to share the cost of the City's special event license. You will need to send information for the licenses that we will ask you for and $45 to the Festival by April 10, 2018. In past years, we paid for your license and collected reimbursement on the day of the festival, but we can't do that any longer. If the actual cost is less than $45, we'll refund the difference.
The exhibitor and vendor areas add to the Festival atmosphere, thanks to the wide variety of commercial and nonprofit exhibitors and vendors who participate. Festival visitors learn about literacy programs throughout the state and region, sign up for newsletters and literary publications, and buy T-shirts, books, and lots of other fun things, including refreshing food and drink options.