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The 2018 Fellows have been selected / New record: 105 applicants from 42 countries

Frankfurt, 17 September 2018 – The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme of Frankfurter Buchmesse is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The programme was created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Frankfurter Buchmesse in 1998 and has been promoting international dialogue between young publishing professionals ever since.

In 2018, 105 young publishing professionals from 42 countries applied to participate in the programme – a new record. Interest in the programme has never been greater. This year’s participants include, for the first time, young professionals from Armenia and Singapore. Beginning on 1 October 2018, the 16 Frankfurt Fellows will visit publishing companies and attend networking events in Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne. The highlight of the two-week programme is the Frankfurter Buchmesse (10-14 October 2018). To celebrate the anniversary, a reception with the Frankfurt Fellows will be held on the Thursday of the book fair, to which former programme participants as well as publishers who have hosted the programme will also be invited.

“We are very proud that, for two decades already, we have been bringing together young publishing professionals from around the world with the Frankfurt Fellowship Programme”, says Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse. “Having a good network is essential in the publishing industry – as is knowledge of the book markets in different countries. With our Fellowship Programme, we’ve reached over 350 participants from more than 60 countries, thereby contributing significantly to this.”

Dominique Pleimling, a 2017 participant, says: “The majority of the novels I acquire come from abroad. So an international network is obviously important. In addition to scouts and agents, at this point many of the good leads, reading suggestions and tips I get come from my Frankfurt Fellows.”

Since 2017, one Frankfurt Fellow each year receives funding from the Kobrak family as the “Fred Kobrak Frankfurt Fellow”. In memory of Fred Kobrak, a long-serving executive in the publishing industry and great friend of Frankfurter Buchmesse, who passed away in 2016, his family covers the travel and accommodation costs for one Frankfurt Fellow. The 2018 “Fred Kobrak Frankfurt Fellow” is Ana Ojeda from Argentina.

The Frankfurt Fellows 2018 are:

Arevik Ashkharoyan, Founder, Literary Agent, ARI Literary and Talent Agency, Armenia
Yue Ben, Commissioning Editor, Digital Division, CITIC Press Group, China
Simon Dikker Hupkes, Commissioning Editor non-fiction, Atlas Contact, Netherlands
Sandra Felteau, Rights Manager, Groupe HMH (Hurtubise, XYZ, Multimondes), Canada
Cristina Gerosa, Editorial Director, Iperborea, Italy
David Gressot, Editor, Jacqueline Chambon (Actes Sud), France
Petra Kavčič, Head of Rights and International Cooperation, Beletrina, Slovenia
Aylin LaMorey-Salzmann, Acquisitions Editor Fiction, Ullstein Buchverlage, Germany
Alice Mello, Acquiring Editor, HarperCollins Brazil, Brazil
Anna Muñoz, Senior Rights Manager, Acantilado - Quaderns Crema, S.A., Spain
Dr Pallavi Narayan, Acquisitions Editor, NUS Press (National University of Singapore), Singapore
Ana Ojeda, Editor, Paidós (Planeta), Argentina, Fred Kobrak Frankfurt Fellow
Olivia Taylor Smith, Executive Editor, Unnamed Press, USA
Katrien Van Oost, Publisher, General Non-fiction, Lannoo Publishers, Belgium
Marika Webb-Pullman, Senior Commissioning Editor, Digital Strategy Manager, Scribe Publications, Australia
Yijing (April) Yang, Editor, Shanghai Translation Publishing House, China

For more information about the programme go to

Media representatives who would like to report on the Frankfurt Fellowship Reception on Thursday, 11 October 2018, 6.30 pm in the Frankfurter Buchmesse Business Club are requested to send an e-mail to Niki Théron, Frankfurter Buchmesse, to register:


About the Frankfurter Buchmesse

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 286,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also brings together key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of entrepreneurs, publishers, founders, pioneers, experts and visionaries. THE ARTS+ was launched in 2016 as a fair, business festival and international meeting place for the cultural and creative industries. It aims to exploit the potential of digitalisation for creative content and to develop new business areas. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).

Contact for the media:

Press & Corporate Communications Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of PR and Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,

Julia Biermann, Trainee Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-165,

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