Get Involved

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!

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.

Submissions Now Closed for 2019
Become a Wordplay Author

2019 Wordplay submissions are now closed. We are still reviewing the applications that came our way, but we already have many applications in hand. 

We expect to open submissions for Wordplay 2020 in June of 2019.

Wordplay will present approximately 100 authors whose books are published within the year the festival takes place. Authors will be from Minnesota and beyond.

We expect a large number of submissions and are unable to respond to every submission individually or return materials sent for consideration. All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in a panel or solo session; Wordplay does not feature authors for book signings only.

Applications Open Until Filled
Become a Wordplay Exhibitor

We want to make sure you are a part of Wordplay. Get your business or organization in front of book lovers, families, and community members by purchasing a spot in our exhibitor fair.

Due to limited space, we are accepting applications for our exhibitor slots. Applications are now open and will be closed when filled. We will notify exhibitors by the end of January 2019, and will take payment to secure spot at that time.

Help Wordplay Run Smoothly
Become a Wordplay Volunteer

The Loft will need a large number of volunteers for Wordplay in 2019. Volunteer roles will be more clearly defined closer to the festival, but will likely include ticket takers, drivers, venue hosts and information guides. If you would like more information or would like to be considered to volunteer at the festival, please email Steph Opitz at sopitz (at)