The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme: Supporting the next Generation of Publishers in building up their international Network.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme takes place from 5 to 20 October 2019

First launched to mark the 50th anniversary of Frankfurter Buchmesse in 1998, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Fellowship Programme celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. So far, over 350 publishing experts from more than 60 countries have benefitted from this  experience. The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme focuses on exchanging information, fostering professional dialogue and growing young international publishers' networks. The Fellowship participants visit publishing houses and booksellers in three German cities, attend market presentations, have matchmaking events and dinners, and benefit from many further networking opportunities.

NEW: Thanks to the cooperation with the SBVV and the Pro Helvetia Cultural Foundation, the Frankfurt Fellows will also travel to Switzerland in 2019.

Our Frankfurt Fellows 2019

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Livia Vianna - Brazil

Executive Director
Record Publishing Group
www.record.com.br/

Executive Director
Record Publishing Group
www.record.com.br/

Focus of interest:
literary fiction, classics, feminism, social activism, sociology, philosophy, history, politics.

German speaking authors published by Record:
Theodor W. Adorno, Hermann Hesse, Günter Grass, Bernhard Schlink, Bertolt Brecht, Patrick Süskind.

Brazilian authors published by your company:
Graciliano Ramos, Rachel de Queiróz, Fernando Sabino, Paulo Freire, Adélia Prado.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
Besides getting to know more about the German book market, I am looking forward to exchanging ideas and experiences with editors from different countries and cultures.

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Diane Pan - China

Senior Editor
Shanghai 99 Readers Culture
www.99read.com

Senior Editor
Shanghai 99 Readers Culture
www.99read.com

Focus of interest:
non-fiction writing, political writing, WW II autobiographies or diaries, modern classic works.

German speaking authors published by Shanghai 99:
Siegfried Lenz, Thomas Hettche, Thomas Melle, Takis Würger, Martin Walser.

Chinese authors published by Shanghai 99:
Wang Anyi , Bi Feiyu, Yu Hua, Mo Yan, Yan Lianke.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I would like to learn more about the trends in the German book market and how do German publishers cope with the challenges and make books live (again). I’m looking forward to meeting more like-minded friends from around the world and establishing cooperations with them. I am also eager to get to know people from the German book-selling industry.

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Ali Abdel-Moneim Ahmed - Egypt

Publisher
Sama for Publishing & Distribution

Publisher
Sama for Publishing & Distribution

Focus of interest:
Contemporary literary fiction, classics, personal development, cultural heritage, history, distribution, print on demand, audio books and eBooks.

A few authors published by Sama:
Noor Abdulmajeed, Ahmed Younes, Maisoon Sorour, Mohamed Amr, Walaa Kamal, Amr Ammar, Mohamed El Dmerdash and Dr. Ibrahim Alfiky.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
Coming from the Arab World to endeavour into this programme is a great chance to get the latest news on translated fiction and non-fiction and to strengthen my relationship with international publishers and editors, especially in Germany.

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Jérôme Bouchaud - France & Malaysia

Literary Agent
Astier-Pécher Literary Agency
http://pierreastier.com/

Literary Agent
Astier-Pécher Literary Agency
http://pierreastier.com/

My focus of interest:
translation from and visibility of minority languages, with a special interest in Asian literature.


Our agency's authors recently acquired by German-language publishers:
Slobodan Snajder (Croatia ; Zsolnay), Patrice Nganang (Cameroon; Peter Hammer), Shih-Li Kow (Malaysia; Goldmann Verlag), Nicolas Bouvier (Switzerland; Lenos Verlag), Jeremy Tiang (Singapore; Residenz Verlag).

French-language authors represented by our agency:
Jean-Christophe Rufin (France), Abdourahman A. Waberi (Djibouti), Mehdi Meklat (France), Hemley Boum (Cameroon), Estate of Ella Maillart (Switzerland).

What I expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship:
Thanks to my fellow participants, I expect to gather insights into the trends and challenges of their home markets and to refine my understanding of the publishing sector in a global context. In return, I hope to be a valuable source of information for them. I also expect to establish strong connections with German and Swiss publishers, big and small, and to learn from the diversity of their practices and strategies, especially in these times of sharp decline in the number of book readers.

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Zsófia Nádor - Hungary

Editor, literary fiction
Jelenkor Publishing
http://jelenkor.libricsoport.hu/

Editor, literary fiction
Jelenkor Publishing
http://jelenkor.libricsoport.hu/

Focus of interest:
My publishing house focuses on contemporary and some classic foreign and Hungarian literary fiction, and I am mostly working with our foreign fiction list. I am particularly interested in works that are on the edge of literary and genre-fiction. I translate from Italian (and sometimes English); and studying computational linguistics, so I am very curious about how technology can contribute to publishing.

German speaking authors published by Jelenkor:
Currently we are working with books of Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz and Yoko Tawada. We have previously published: Johann Georg Hamann, Ilma Rakusa, Jürgen Habermas, Leo Perutz, Bertold Brecht, Heinrich von Kleist, Durs Grünbein.

Hungarian authors published by Jelenkor:
Nádas Péter, Mészöly Miklós, Tolnai Ottó, Tompa Andrea, Forgách András.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
To meet inspiring people, find great titles, and learn as much as possible about practices and processes in publishing that are different from ours.

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Esha Chatterjee - India

Founder and CEO, Bee Books
Head of Marketing, Patra Bharati
www.beebooks.in
www.bookspatrabharati.com

Founder and CEO, Bee Books
Head of Marketing, Patra Bharati
www.beebooks.in
www.bookspatrabharati.com

Focus of interest:
My primary focus of interest is the publication of translated German titles in India, which would transcend across all genres, from both multinational and independent publishers and authors. I would like to start a dialogue with individuals from the German Book Industry and work towards building a bridge and a platform that would benefit both Indian and German readers, in the future.

German speaking authors published:
We have published the novel "Goldfish Memory" by Monique Schwitter who was nominated for the German Book Prize for her novel  "Eins im Andern".

Local authors published:
Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sanjib Chattopadhyay, Samaresh Mazumdar, Rabindranath Tagore, and Satyajit Ray.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I expect to meet like-minded professionals who are contributing in innovative ways to the book industry, from Germany and all over the world.
Meet, ideate and look for opportunities for collaborations through author exchanges, literature festivals, translations and explore methods of skill building.

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Michele Fusilli - Italy

Non-Fiction Editor
Garzanti
www.garzanti.it

Non-Fiction Editor
Garzanti
www.garzanti.it

Your focus of interest:
General non-fiction, memoir, autobiography, cultural criticism, current affairs, popular science.

German speaking authors published by Garzanti:
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Peter Wohlleben, Sten Nadolny, Rolf Dobelli, Richard David Precht.

Italian authors published by Garzanti:
Vincenzo Cerami, Mario Luzi, Claudio Magris, Maria Montessori, Pier Paolo Pasolini.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I expect to establish relations with unexplored markets, expand my network of contacts, and learn from different and international perspectives about new publishing trends.

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Bayasgalan Batsuuri - Mongolia

Co-Founder and General Director
Tagtaa Publishing
https://tagtaa.mn/

Co-Founder and General Director
Tagtaa Publishing
https://tagtaa.mn/

Your focus of interest:
We focus on translating modern and contemporary literature from around the world to enrich our readers’ choice and their insight to see contemporary art and literature. Because we believe in quality over quantity, we translate and publish only literary fiction. 

German speaking authors published by Tagtaa:
Unfortunately we have not published any German authors yet if we exclude Franz Kafka. But we do hope to publish German authors in the near future.

Mongolian authors published by Tagtaa:
Norov Dalkhaa, Bayarsaikhan Purevjav (One of the main representatives of modern Mongolian literature), Batzaya Batkhuu, Mainbayar Purevjal, Elbegtugs Oroolon.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I want to learn about German publishing industry from inside and build strong relationships with German publishing houses and right managers.  I also hope that during my stay in  Germany, I can acquire the foreign rights of a few German novels. I also expect to expand my knowledge of global publishing trends and development from the program. Finally, I see this program as a big chance to build strong network with fellow publishers around the world and learn from their experiences.

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Stella Rieck - The Netherlands

Foreign Rights Director / Acquisitions
Uitgeverij Cossee
https://www.uitgeverijcossee.nl//

Foreign Rights Director / Acquisitions
Uitgeverij Cossee
https://www.uitgeverijcossee.nl//

Focus of interest:
non-fiction/literary fiction.

German speaking authors published by Cossee:
Kristine Bilkau, Bernhard Schlink,
Navid Kermani, Bettina Wilpert, Hans Fallada.

Dutch authors published by Cossee:
Eva Meijer, Dola de Jong, Gerbrand Bakker, Marianne Philips, Bregje Hofstede.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I am looking forward to hearing about new and upcoming voices from Germany and Switzerland! I am equally excited to meet fellow publishers, in order to exchange ideas, discuss and inspire one another. 

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Annie Olivier - South Africa

Publisher
Jonathan Ball Publishers
http://www.jonathanball.co.za/

Publisher
Jonathan Ball Publishers
http://www.jonathanball.co.za/

Focus of interest:
As a non-fiction publisher I mainly focus on history, military history, memoirs and current affairs.

German speaking authors published by Jonathan Ball:
We distribute the following German authors in South Africa: Timur Vermes, Judith Schalansky, Stefanie de Velasco, Bernhard Schlink and Günter Grass.

South-African authors published by Jonathan Ball:
Jonny Steinberg, Redi Tlhabi, Adriaan Basson, Niq Mhlongo and Deon Meyer (only in English translation).

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I yearn for an injection of creative ideas and to network with peers. I hope to tap into the energy of a country with such an avid reading public and to learn how to publish more strategically and effectively.

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Sandra Pareja - Spain

Foreign Rights / Literary Agent
Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency
http://www.casanovaslynch.com/

Foreign Rights / Literary Agent
Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency
http://www.casanovaslynch.com/

Your focus of interest:
Establishing foreign language authors abroad.

German authors represented by Casanovas & Lynch:
We coagent for Benedict Wells, Finn Ole-Heinrich, Emanuel Bergmann, Irene Dische, Patrick Suskind.

Spanish authors represented by Casanovas & Lynch:
We agent for Javier Marías, Mariana Enriquez, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Mercè Rodoreda, Laura Esquivel.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I am very eager to explore Germany’s first-rate publishing model, its intricacies and tricks of the trade. It is equally exciting to do so with colleagues from around the world!

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Jesús Rocamora Holgado - Spain

Acquiring Editor of Literary Fiction and Non-Fiction
Seix Barral l Planeta International Fiction
https://www.planetadelibros.com/editorial/seix-barral/9

Acquiring Editor of Literary Fiction and Non-Fiction
Seix Barral l Planeta International Fiction
https://www.planetadelibros.com/editorial/seix-barral/9

Your focus of interest:
Literary fiction and non-fiction, both international and local authors. More in detail: Detect new trends in publishing. Find new voices for Spanish readers. Discover foreign classic literary gems that never were translated and published in Spain. Give more space to books that reflect the cultural diversity and the role of women, LGTBI persons and other minorities in our society.

German speaking authors published by Seix Barral:
Robert Menasse, Andreas Altmann, Stefan Klein, Mariana Leky and Annette Hess.

Spanish authors published by Seix Barral:
Antonio Muñoz Molina, Enrique Vila-Matas, Jesús Carrasco, Eduardo Mendoza and Elvira Lindo.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
To grow as a professional editor, while expanding the connections within the international publishing network. To gain deepest knowledge of the global book market in general and of German market in particular, sharing experiences and exploring new ideas in order to bring new authors to the Spanish Market.

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Erika Degard - Sweden

Senior Editor
Nordtedts
http://www.norstedts.se/

Senior Editor
Nordtedts
http://www.norstedts.se/

Your focus of interest:
My focus of interest is commercial fiction, more specifically crime fiction. My list is divided equally into Swedish and translated fiction.

German speaking authors published by Norstedts:
Marion Poschmann , Katja Petrovskaja, Johanna Adorjan, Lutz Seiler, Christa Wolf, Hans Magnus Enzensberger.

Swedish authors published by Norstedts:
Johannes Anyuru, P.O. Enquist, David Lagercrantz, Nina Wähä, Hjorth Rosenfeldt.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
To network and share ideas, experiences and challenges with others. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the German book market.

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Cherise Lopez-Baker - United Kingdom

Commissioning Editor and Manager of Fiction
Jacaranda Books Art Music
https://www.jacarandabooksartmusic.co.uk/

Commissioning Editor and Manager of Fiction
Jacaranda Books Art Music
https://www.jacarandabooksartmusic.co.uk/

Focus of interest:
My interests cover all diverse fiction, but are focused on YA,
Femme and LGBT contemporary literature, and Dystopian/Fantasy.

German speaking authors published by Jacaranda:
Claudia Chibici-Revneanu, and Jacqueline Shaw

British authors published by Jacaranda:
Irenosen Okojie, Stephen Bourne, Rasheda Malcolm, Anthony Anaxagorou, and Stephen Thompson

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I look forward to meeting new publishers from across the globe, widening my understanding of international markets, and discovering new authors for our own audience.

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Amara Hoshijo - USA

Editor & Rights Manager
Soho Press
https://sohopress.com/

Editor & Rights Manager
Soho Press
https://sohopress.com/

Focus of interest:
Crime fiction, literary fiction, young adult fiction.

German speaking authors published by Soho Press:
None at the moment! Hoping to change this.

US authors published by Soho Press:
Sujata Massey, Stephen Mack Jones, Scott Phillips, Gina Apostol, Michelle Ruiz Keil.

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?
I am looking forward to learning from and collaborating with my fellowship group, forging strong relationships with German fiction publishers, and finding groundbreaking literary genre work.

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Eric Becker - USA

Editor
Words Without Borders
https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/

Editor
Words Without Borders
https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/

My area of focus:
I'm heavily invested in publishing writers from around the world who can challenge stereotypes and offer vital new perspectives to US literary culture, as well as writers whose work is daring in formal terms. I am seeking to publish more widely and with more nuance from Africa and South Asia, especially. I am on the lookout in writers (and publishers) who take risks. Literary fiction, poetry, essay and other forms of literary nonfiction.

German authors published by Word Without Borders:
Ulrike Ulrich, Olga Grjasnowa, Bettina Suleiman, Deniz Utlu, Marianna Salzmann

International authors published by Word Without Borders:
As a matter of my publication's editorial philosophy, most of the writers I publish are international. Recently, those include: 2019 Man Booker International Prize-winners Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth, and 2019 MBI finalists Alia Trabucco Zerán, Sophie Hughes, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and Anne McLean. US writers I've published : John Keene, Idra Novey, Gregory Pardlo, Naomi Jackson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips.

What I expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship:
I hope to gain more direct knowledge of the work of European publishing professionals, who are far ahead of their US counterparts in terms of commitment to publishing international literature. I hope to build and strengthen relationships with German-language publishers, as well as to forge lasting relationships with colleagues from other regions of the world.

Why participate?

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme offers participants from 16 countries the opportunity to discover the special features of various book markets and, above all, to build new ties in the German book industry.

Frankfurt Fellowship FAQ

Who can apply?

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

What are the necessary qualifications?

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

Is there an age limit?

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.

Which application documents do I have to submit?

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

Who should write the letters of recommendation?

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.

How should I submit my application?

Please send all application documents (application form, recommendation by your own management, three international letters of recommendation) at once by e-mail to theron@buchmesse.de. The closing date for applications is 30 April each year.

Costs and Expenses

The Frankfurter Buchmesse covers the costs of travel and accommodation within Germany as well as a part of the cost of meals. In 2019, thanks to the financial support of the Pro Helvetia Cultural Foundation, the SBCV will cover the costs of a trip for the whole group to Switzerland as well as accommodation and meals in Switzerland. The travel costs to Frankfurt and back are to be paid by the participants.

Whas does the schedule look like during the Frankfurter Buchmesse week? Is it possible to arrange your own business appointments?

Starting on Monday before the Frankfurter Buchmesse to the Sunday of the Buchmesse, the Frankfurt Fellows are free to arrange their own meetings and appointments. Only in the evenings there are events set within the programme.