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Frankfurt Fellows 2022

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The 2024 application deadline has expired.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Frankfurt Fellowship Programme is an intensive training and networking programme for publishers, editors, rights & licensing managers, and literary agents from all over the world.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme was launched in 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, with the Zev Birger Fellowship (Jerusalem) serving as a model. The programme focuses on the exchange of information, professional dialogue, and the expansion of an international book industry network. Until now, almost 400 young publishers from more than 60 countries have participated in the Frankfurt Fellowship and created a long-lasting international network.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme includes visits to publishers, agencies and bookstores, market presentations, matchmaking events, and numerous networking opportunities in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. The programme will take place from 6 - 20 October 2024.

The requirements for participation include several years of work in the publishing industry, a good command of English, and three letters of recommendation from international business partners.

Subject to funding by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Application requirements

  • Several years of experience in publishing
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Three letters of recommendation from international business partners
  • Letter of recommendation by the candidate’s employer

Frankfurt Fellowship FAQ

Publishers, editors, rights and licence directors and managers, and literary agents from all over the world can apply for the Frankfurt Fellowship.

  • Several years of experience in publishing (at least three)
  • Good English language skills 

There is no official age limit for the Frankfurt Fellowship, but the programme is aimed at the younger generations of the publishing business. Most of the Frankfurt Fellows are between 30 and 40 years old when they participate in the programme.

  • The filled-out application form (online from February on)
  • Three letters of recommendation from international business partners
  • Recommendation by your company's management

The letters of recommendation should be written by international publishers, editors, rights managers and literary agents with whom the applicant has worked. Letters of recommendation from authors cannot be considered. The international letters of recommendation should not originate from the applicant's own country.

Frankfurter Buchmesse will cover costs for travel and accommdation within Germany, as well as some meals (2021 for the first time also with federal funding support). Participants will be required to meet the costs of travel to and from Germany, as well as some meals.

During the actual Buchmesse week, evening events are planned within the Fellowship programme on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Otherwise, participants are free to arrange their own business appointments from Monday to Sunday.

Fellows of 2024

Portrait Guo Ge

Archipel Press, Editor

Archipel Press, Editor

Archipel Press is a Chinese literary publisher based in Shanghai. Founded by Lun Peng in 2017, the company focuses on literary fiction and non-fiction in translation, with several world-renowned writers on the list, including Natalia Ginzburg, Primo Levi, Ricardo Piglia, James Baldwin, William Trevor, Denis Johnson, Colm Toibin, Domenico Starnone, Sally Rooney, Hernan Diaz, etc. The company also represents the foreign rights of dozens of Chinese writers.

https://www.douban.com/doulist/115887346/

Portrait Salomé Cohen Monroy

Random House and Penguin Clásicos imprints, Editor

Random House and Penguin Clásicos imprints, Editor

Random House imprint is part of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial. Focused on high quality literature, their catalogue features several laureates of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, such as Gabriel García Márquez, Jon Fosse, María Ospina, Cristina Rivera, etc. Penguin Clásicos, launched as a Spanish-language imprint in 2015, is dedicated to publishing fundamental and timeless literary works. Known for their meticulous translations and high-quality editions, the imprint offers a diverse selection of world literature masterpieces.

https://www.penguinlibros.com/co/

Portrait Nikola Kochová

HOST vydavatelství, Manager of Translations Department

HOST vydavatelství, Manager of Translations Department

HOST is one of the largest independent publishing houses in the Czech Republic, specialising in contemporary Czech and world literature for 30 years. HOST annually publishes about 170 titles across various genres, including general fiction, science fiction and fantasy, crime fiction, thrillers, children’s literature, popular science and poetry. For instance, they publish the works of Annie Ernaux, Olga Tokarczuk, Fredrik Backman, Nino Haratischwili and also Czech bestselling authors, such as Kateřina Tučková. Many original Czech works published by HOST have been translated into other languages.

https://www.hostbrno.cz/

Portrait Leenastiina Kakko

Gummerus, Editorial Manager

Gummerus, Editorial Manager

Gummerus, Editorial Manager
Gummerus is the oldest and one of the most respected trade publishing houses in Finland. They pride themselves on being loving, energetic and passionate, publishing literature that entertains, inspires and informs. Their publishing operations represent a total annual production of approx. 120 domestic and translated titles, including a number of success stories. After nearly 150 years as an independent, family-owned publishing house, in 2019, Gummerus became part of the Storytel publishing family.

https://gummerus.fi/

Portrait Merle Ostendorp

Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, Rights Manager

Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, Rights Manager

Founded in 1964, the Klaus Wagenbach publishing house has always been independent. Today, they still hold true to their commitment of publishing books with conviction, pleasure and prudence. They strive to discover unknown authors, to rediscover modern classics and to make space for new literary trends. Although their publishing programme primarily focuses on fiction, it also includes books dedicated to history, art and cultural history, as well as political essays. Each year they publish about 60 titles, half of which are first publications, including translations from Italian, Spanish, English, French and Dutch, as well as a variety of German-language books.

https://www.wagenbach.de/

Portrait Nestoras Poulakos

Vakxikon Publications, Publisher

Vakxikon Publications, Publisher

Vakxikon Publications holds a leading position in the Greek and Cypriot market, both for their publishing activity and overall work in the field of cultural news. They annually release and distribute more than 100 books of Greek and foreign literature, essays and children’s books, which are nominated and awarded with national prizes of Greece and Cyprus. They participate with their own stands in the annual book fairs of Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as in the professional meetings of the most important international book fairs. According to the latest state survey (2022), Vakxikon Publications is included among the 30 largest publishing houses in Greece (first in the publication of poetry, third in the publication of literature).

https://ekdoseis.vakxikon.gr/

Trisha De Niyogi

Niyogi Books, COO & Director

Niyogi Books, COO & Director

Established in 2004, Niyogi Books is a globally acclaimed publishing house with a catalogue of over 800 titles, covering rich textual narratives and visually compelling books on art, architecture, culture, and nature. Our fiction repertoire boasts of award-winning original English novels and translations from Indian languages. Our backlist also features hard-hitting non-fiction books covering popular culture, politics, philosophy among others. Perky Parrot is a new imprint, through which we publish children’s and YA fiction. With a deep commitment to innovation, we aim to push cultural horizons.

https://www.niyogibooksindia.com/

Portrait Maryam Hashemian

Nashre-Cheshmeh Publishing House, Rights Manager

Nashre-Cheshmeh Publishing House, Rights Manager

Nashre-Cheshmeh Publishing House is a family business with more than three hundred employees. It is one of the most active private Iranian publishing houses, with more than 2300 book titles, 180 new titles annually and ten bookstores. For more than 38 years, Nashre-Cheshmeh has been publishing the works of the most significant Iranian writers, poets and translators, such as Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, Ahmad Shamlou, Ali Ashraf Darvishian, etc. The publishing house has always put a great emphasis on cooperating with younger generations, some of whom are now among the best Iranian literary figures, others destined to join them in the near future.

https://www.cheshmeh.ir/Home

Portrait Mercy Kirui Michira

eKitabu, Senior Manager, Content

eKitabu, Senior Manager, Content

eKitabu, Senior Manager, Content

The main strategy at eKitabu is to publish high-quality books by African authors, primarily women authors, across multiple formats. They do this by editing or re-editing the texts as well as by applying fresh, consistent and attractive designs to the print and digital editions, using green materials for all printed products. They also record audiobooks in their award-winning in-house studio, digitalise ebooks, and adapt books for accessibility into braille and sign languages. The range of formats, and especially the design of their print products, help them keep costs down for prices that African readers appreciate and embrace. Their secondary strategy focuses on investing in marketing campaigns for titles and collaborative promotions with authors.

https://ekitabu.com

Portrait Priti Sharma

Epigram Books, Managing Editor

Epigram Books, Managing Editor

Epigram Books, founded in July 2011, champions Singaporean literature and Southeast Asian stories. Their catalogue includes over 500 titles, ranging from novels and children’s books to graphic novels and cookbooks. Highlights include: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a three-time Eisner award winner; Ministry of Moral Panic, Singapore Literature Prize recipient; The Way of Kueh, Singapore Book Awards’ Book of the Year; The Rock and the Bird, Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award winner; and Lemonade Sky, a White Raven.

https://www.epigram.sg/

Portrait Daniel Bird

Granta Books, Editor

Granta Books, Editor

Granta Books is the pre-eminent independent literary publisher in the UK, with a reputation for quality, integrity, originality and individuality. They publish around thirty new titles a year, including literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry, providing authors with the intimacy of a small, passionate and creative team, while consistently punching above their weight in review coverage, prizes, cultural impact and sale. Around 6-10 of their titles a year are in translation.

https://granta.com/

Portrait Ian Van Wye

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Associate Editor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Associate Editor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG), an imprint of Macmillan, is one of America’s leading publishers of literary fiction, serious nonfiction and poetry. FSG authors have received numerous prizes over the years, including twenty-one Nobel Prizes in Literature. Recent titles included David Graeber and David Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything, Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You, and Paul Murray’s The Bee Sting.

https://us.macmillan.com/fsg/about/

Why participate?

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme offers participants from 10 countries the opportunity to discover the special features of various book markets and, above all, to make new contacts within the German book industry.