CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Festival of the Book is accepting submissions from authors to participate in the 2016 festival. The festival is encouraging authors to submit new books published in 2015 or early 2016 for consideration. The festival also is accepting proposals for programs. Guidelines for participants and programs are posted on the festival’s website at VaBook.org. The 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book will be held at more than 50 locations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County from March 16, 2016, to March 20, 2016.