Get Involved

Wordplay 2021 will take place May 2-8.

Get Involved

We need your help to make Wordplay happen. There will many ways to get involved and help the Loft pull off this festival, whether as a sponsor, exhibitor, author, or volunteer. Save the date and get in touch!

2021 Submissions Closed
Apply to Be a Wordplay Author

Submissions for Wordplay 2021 are now closed. We expect to open submissions for Wordplay 2022 starting June 1, 2021.

We expect a large number of submissions and are unable to respond to every submission individually or return materials sent for consideration. 

If you have questions, email Steph Opitz ( for more information.

Reach Readers & Writers
Become a Wordplay Sponsor

The Loft is seeking sponsorship support for Wordplay. This festival is a phenomenal opportunity to reach all kinds of readers. A 2016 Pew study shows that readers are a wide cross-section of the public—urban, rural, and suburban; high, middle, and low income; baby boomers, Generation X, and millennials.

This is a great event to reach an informed and engaged audience. Please contact Mary at JRI Marketing at mary (at) or Britt Udesen at budesen (at) to learn more about sponsoring Wordplay.

Help Make Wordplay a Success
Volunteer at Wordplay

We are hoping Wordplay 2021 will be in person, but we are paying close attention to safety guidelines while reimagining the festival. No matter the format, we will likely need volunteer support! Volunteer needs will be posted early 2021. If you have questions, feel free to contact Kaitlyn Bohlin (

2021 Submissions Opening in Fall
Become a Wordplay Marketplace Partner

The Loft’s third annual Wordplay will take place virtually May 2-8, 2021 and aims to be Minnesota’s largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books. Last year, our virtual festival reached 75,000 viewers. We want to make sure you get to be a part of it. Get your business or organization in front of book lovers, families, and community members by becoming a Marketplace Partner. Deadline to apply is Feb. 19, 2021. If you have questions or ideas, feel free to reach out to Marion Gomez (