The Library Writers Project

Multnomah County Library wants to read your book 


From October 11 to December 15, the library will be accepting submissions from local authors who would like to see their work added to the library’s collection. Here’s how it works:

  1. Submit your e-book to the Smashwords Self-Publishing portal* for free.
  2. Fill out a submission form telling us about your work.
  3. Library staff members will review the submissions.
  4. After library staff review submissions, they will add the best ones to the library’s e-book collection on the OverDrive platform, visited by over 2,000 MCL patrons every single day.

For this round of submissions, the library will accept only works of fiction for adults, teens and children. Due to the agreement between OverDrive and Smashwords, the library will not consider submissions of erotica.

Work submitted after the December deadline will not be reviewed during this round of submissions. The library may consider additional local e-books in the future.

Your work will be reviewed by library staff with a wide range of reading interests. Each work will be reviewed independently by two staff members.

Read the Best of the Library Writers Project 2016 and 2015.

Resources for writers

MCL writers research page

Smashwords Style Guide

Smashwords support FAQ

E-book formatters and book cover designers

*Multnomah County Library has no direct relationship with Smashwords. The library is not party to any agreement between the author and Smashwords. The library will buy the selected titles that are published on Smashwords through its e-book vendor, OverDrive.