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Frankfurter Buchmesse (16-20 October 2019) brings together the international publishing industry. With its international programmes and initiatives Frankfurter Buchmesse promotes the exchange of information and the development of international networks among up and coming talents of the industry.
Frankfurt Fellowship Programme

In 2018, the Frankfurt Fellowship Programme of Frankfurter Buchmesse celebrated its 20th anniversary. To date, the international professional development programme has brought together more than 350 participants from over 60 countries in Frankfurt. This year, 105 editors, rights managers and literary agents from 42 countries applied for the fellowship. The two-week programme offers 16 publishing professionals from various countries the opportunity to learn more about the German book sector and to expand their international professional network. Find out more about the programme and the 2019 participants: in a new window)

Frankfurter Buchmesse's international Young Talent initiative

With its Young Talent initiative, Frankfurter Buchmesse supports programmes for young publishing professionals in cooperation with partners from eight countries, namely, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, USA, China, Brazil, Spain and Switzerland. In cooperation with leading trade magazines and partners from the international publishing sector, the initiative honours exceptional talents in the publishing industry. The winners of the eight programmes are invited to Frankfurter Buchmesse and receive each a full-week Business & Conferences Ticket. At the fair they participate in a programme of events, including the fair's festive Opening Ceremony and the Young Talent Reception organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Meet this year’s winners at the Young Talent Reception on 16 October at 6 pm in the Frankfurter Buchmesse Business Club. Please pre-register via e-mail: in a new window)

The partners of the professional development programmes are: The Bookseller (UK), Publishers Weekly (USA), Börsenblatt (Germany), PublishNews (Brazil), China Publishers Magazine (China), Schweizer Buchhandel (Switzerland), PublishNews (Spain) with Factoria Cultural and Fundación German Sánchez Ruiperez, and Groep Algemene Uitgevers and Stichting Elspeet (Netherlands).

Franco-German exchange programmes

The Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt Programme supports young literary translators from Switzerland, France and Germany. The programme is organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse in cooperation with the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW/OFAJ), Bureau International de l’Édition Française and Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. Under the auspices of translator Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt, ten young translators – five German-language and five French-language – visit publishing houses in France, Germany and Switzerland and work on their own projects together with experienced mentors. in a new window)

The Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship is aimed at young people from France, Germany and Switzerland who have found their vocation in the publishing or bookselling industry and are enriching the sector with new ideas and exceptional dedication. The fellowship gives them a chance to make connections, get to know the German and French book markets and deepen their knowledge of the market. The programme is organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse together with the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW/OFAJ), Bureau International de l’Édition Française and Pro Helvetia. in a new window)

Further forms of support for the next generation

The “Competition for Young Designers” poster competition is organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse every year to welcome the Guest of Honour and has received positive feedback from design schools and the media. in a new window)

Further international programmes: Invitation Programme and Frankfurt International Translators

Frankfurt International Translators, the programme aimed at international literary and non-fiction translators translating from the German language, is taking place for the first time in 2019. 37 translators from all around the world will be part of an exclusive exchange and networking programme taking place from 14 to 17 October 2019. The programme is organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse with the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office. Learn more about the programme and this year's participants: in a new window)

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Invitation Programme offers small independent publishing companies from Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean the chance to participate in the world's biggest book fair. The programme is organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. Find out more about the programme and the 2019 participants: in a new window)

Meet the 2019 participants of the invitation programme in person: Join us for the Invitation Programme Get-Together at Frankfurter Buchmesse: Friday, 18 October at 12.30 pm (stand A116 in Hall 5.1). No pre-registration is required.


About Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. 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. 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. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association). in a new window)


Contact for the media:

Press & Corporate Communication, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138(opens in a new window) in a new window)
Kathrin Grün, Head of Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170(opens in a new window) in a new window)
Laura Grotjohann, Trainee Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-151(opens in a new window) in a new window)


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