What IS the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival? The Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival (SMAF) is a FREE day-long event, held in 2023 at the Suffolk Conference Center (adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront). This is your chance to meet national best-selling mystery authors, in the genres of mystery, suspense/thriller, horror, romance, historical, and women's fiction.
What is the fee to attend the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival? The 2023 Festival is FREE and open to the public from 1:00-6:00pm. If you would like to attend the VIP Reception, the tickets are $30 per person and will go on sale on January 15, 2023. Space is limited. More details to come!
How do I find out more details about becoming a Featured Author for the 2023 Festival? The 2023 Application Submittal Period has ended. An announcement will be made about the Featured Authors the week of November 21.
What panels are being offered and who will be on them? Please see our panel page here. Please note that panel information will be updated in early winter 2023. Due to author availability, this information may change.
Where can I find a Festival program? The 2022 full-color program that contains detailed bios for each of our Featured Authors, as well as the complete Festival schedule, is available to view and download here!The 2023 program will be distributed at the festival to all in-person attendees.
I would like to order books I discovered at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival. Is there a way to do that? If you would like to order books you've heard about at the festival, please visit our Book Ordering page to learn about where to shop for your new books.
Where can I see the panels from the 2022 Virtual Festival? If you would like to view our live panels (and pre-recorded content) from the 2022 festival, please visit our YouTube page by searching for VisitSuffolkVa.
I have been asked to fill out a survey after the festival. Am I required to do this? We will be sending you a survey a few days after the festival. While filling out a survey is not mandatory, it is much appreciated. The Festival uses it to measure the demographics of our attendees. It also helps us determine how effective we are with Festival promotion and how we can make it better in the future.
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