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Das Frankfurt-Fellowship Programm der Frankfurter Buchmesse ist ein intensives Fortbildungs- und Vernetzungsprogramm für Verleger*innen, Lektor*innen, Lizenzverantwortliche und literarische Agent*innen aus der ganzen Welt.

Das Frankfurt Fellowship Programm wurde 1998 zum 50jährigen Jubiläum der Frankfurter Buchmesse ins Leben gerufen, als Vorbild diente das Zev Birger Fellowship (Jerusalem).

Im Mittelpunkt des Programms stehen Informationsaustausch, professioneller Dialog und der Ausbau eines internationalen Buchbranche-Netzwerkes. 

Vor der Pandemie sorgten jährliche Treffen ehemaliger Frankfurt Fellows auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse und im Ausland für bleibende jahrgangsübergreifender Kontakte.

Auf der Agenda des Frankfurt Fellowship stehen Verlags-, Agentur und Buchhandlungsbesuche, Marktpräsentationen, Matchmaking-Veranstaltungen und zahlreiche Networking-Möglichkeiten in Frankfurt und Berlin sowie auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse.

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Das sind die Frankfurt Fellows 2022

Renata Prati

Renata Prati - Argentina

Katz Editores, Assistant Editor

Katz Editores, Assistant Editor

Your focus of interest 

Our focus at Katz is high quality non-fiction in the humanities, the social sciences, and science. Personally, I am very interested in philosophy, feminism, and interdisciplinary work, ranging from literary studies to science studies. 

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company 

Eva Illouz, Hartmut Rosa, Jürgen Habermas, Hans Belting, Ralf Dahrendorf 

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company 

Fina Birulés, José Emilio Burucúa, Virginia Cano, Nicolás Kwiatkowski, Andrés Rosler 

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters 

In addition to forging ties and finding new titles, Im eager to learn about the German book market and deepen my understanding of the publishing world 

 

Hripsime Madoyan

Hripsime Madoyan - Armenia

Antares, Head of publishing department

Antares, Head of publishing department

Focus of interest

I am working in one of the biggest publishing companies in Armenia. Even though I already have 16 years of experience in the publishing industry; I am willing to learn more, and understand the foreign culture of the publishing sector. More than that, attending this event will be the opportunity for me to network with numerous people from the industry, so I can broaden my perspectives and come back to Armenia with a professionally improved version of mine. My main goal is to meet publishing houses, literary agencies, and experienced professionals, which in its place can assist me to bring the global attributes of the literary sector to my home country.

5 German speaking authors published by your company

Herman Hesse, Gunter Grass, Thomas Mann, Peter Handke, Goethe, Frantz Kafka

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company

Gourgen Khanjyan, Grig, Hovik Afyan, Hovhannes Yeranyan, Anoush Sargsyan

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters 

Firstly, I want to understand the current trends in the publishing industry, secondly, to peruse where the market is moving, and lastly, gain new connections and new partners.

Gustavo Faraon

Gustavo Faraon - Brazil

Dublinense, Publisher and co-founder

Dublinense, Publisher and co-founder

Your focus of interest

I am interested in literary fiction that do not fit or follow the big trends, I am interested in books that lead the readers to passionate conversations, I am interested in non-fiction books about relevant subjects explored in unexpected manners.

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company

Uwe Timm; Mithu Sanyal

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company

Natalia Borges Polesso, Henrique Schneider, Marana Borges, Cristina Judar, Danichi Hausen Mizoguchi

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters

I expect to meet interesting people with diverse ideas, working in very different ways, and have the opportunity to create real bonding that so often leads to the most interesting collaboration projects. I expect to learn deeper about the German book market, being able to adopt some of its best practices and explore its opportunities.

 

 

Aneta Panteleeva

Aneta Panteeleva - Bulgaria

Prozoretz, Editor & Rights Manager

Prozoretz, Editor & Rights Manager

Your focus of interest

Prozoretz aims for a varied title list, both in genres and origin, hence we have a very wide focus of interest that makes for a very challenging and fun job for me! What I’ll be looking for is to discover new voices for our well-established collections commercial historical and women’s fiction, historical non-fiction, memoirs and travelogues as well as to add quality content to the children’s list we’re aiming to expand: mostly (but not exclusively) I’ll be looking for non-fiction titles with an educational element, both illustrated and not. I’ll be keeping an eye out for new voices, loud and clear, and new perspectives, strong and motivated, and as long as I believe that they will work well with the Bulgarian readers, the genre won’t really matter.  

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company

Hans-Georg Beck, Wladimir Kaminer, Andreas Steinhöfel, Rotraut Susanne Berner, Franziska Gehm 

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company

Hristo Fotev, Mirela Ivanova, Evgeniy Daynov, Kalin Todorov, Margarit Abadgiev 

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters

I’m truly looking forward to meeting publishing professionals from Germany and all over the world whom I probably wouldn’t have otherwise met, to the dialogue that will occur between us during those two weeks and, hopefully, continue in the following years. And I am very excited knowing that the fellowship will provide me with extensive knowledge about the German publishing scene: market, trends, practices, etc. I am coming to learn, and I’m certain that I will learn a lot.  

Sonky Liu

Sonky Liu - China

Thinkingdom Media Group, Rights Editor

Thinkingdom Media Group, Rights Editor

Your focus of interest 

We have always been looking for high-quality literary and upmarket fictions both from local and international authors. We value diversity, uniqueness and freshness, and are scouting new stunning voices who actively explore and interact with the reality, and who can travel across different cultural or societal backgrounds and resonate with our readership. We are also interested in narrative non-fictions, memoirs, and works that touch upon sociological issues with a strong narrative-leaning quality.  

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company 

We have published a few German speaking authors including Robert Seethaler, Bernhard Schlink, Siegfried Lenz, etc. We have also acquired titles by Werner Herzog and look forward to publishing them soon. 

The names of up to 5 "local" authors published by your company 

Eileen Chang, Yu Hua, Ge Fei, Mai Jia, Sanmao, etc.  

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters 

I would like to hear from and discuss with German and international publishers about how they respond to the changes in their markets during the pandemic, with a focus on how to publish literary-leaning works with commercial success and how to bridge them with a broader readership. I also want to learn more about German publishing industry and hope to establish stable and solid connections with so many talented colleagues in aim of commencing on interesting international projects. Ultimately I wish to bring diversity to the landscape of Chinese publishing as well as mutual understanding through great books. 

 

 

 

 

Kalle Siltala

Kalle Siltala - Finland

Siltala Publishing, Head of digital publishing, Executive director, Tutkijaliitto

Siltala Publishing, Head of digital publishing, Executive director, Tutkijaliitto

Your focus of interest 

 I’m interested in high-quality literary fiction and narrative non-fiction on the one hand, and theory-oriented philosophical and political literature on the other. 

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company

We have published books by for example Iris Hanika, Wolfram Eilenberger, Walter Benjamin, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger. 

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company 

Kari Hotakainen, Pirkko Saisio, Juhani Karila, Aki Ollikainen, and Sari Rainio & Juha Rautaheimo 

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” 

I expect to further develop my international network and to become closer acquainted with international publishing and book markets. Also, I expect to gain important insights of the ”continental” perspective to digital publishing which often differs considerably from the Nordic one. And I look forward to meeting fellow participants! 

Nicolás Rodríguez Galvis

Nicolás Rodríguez Galvis - France

Édition Métailié, Editor

Édition Métailié, Editor

Your focus of interest 

At Editions Métailié we’ve been building a list that could be resumed by the following motto: “Books to live passionately”, that is texts that create a strong emotion once we start reading them, that make our hearts beat, deeply, like love at first sight, and fiercely, like a lightning strike.  

I specially look for literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, and thrillers that make us open our eyes to the world, find perspectives and things we didn’t even know existed, and encourage us to cross every border at sight. We generally look for stories told by those that walk through life with a limp and yet create and share amazement and astonishment.  

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company  

Anna Seghers, Herta Müller, Christophe Hein, Sherko Fatah, Thomas Melle. 

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company 

Editions Métailié publishes mainly translations so our “local” authors are mostly international, to name a few: Leonardo Padura (Cuba), Camila Sosa Villada (Argentina), Mia Couto (Mozambique), Jenni Fagan (Scotland), and Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland). 

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” 

I am looking forward to share ideas and experiences and learn about new books and authors with German and international colleagues from around the world. It is an immense opportunity to be around people from so many different backgrounds and cultures at the same time and also to be able to spend some quality time together, have a coffee, share a good meal, to have more in-depth (and fun) conversations about our trades, challenges, markets, and, above all, literature.  

 

 

 

Corinna Kroker

Corinna Kroker - Germany

Klett-Cotta, Editorial director literary fiction

Klett-Cotta, Editorial director literary fiction

Focus of interest

Literary fiction; German and international voices. 

German speaking authors published by your company

Iris Wolff, Raphaela Edelbauer, Ulla Lenze, Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, Wolfram Eilenberger 

“local” authors published by your company

In my case the German authors are my local authors. So I mention some international voices instead: Bernardine Evaristo, Anna Burns, David Graeber, Stephen Hawking, J.R.R. Tolkien

“What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?”

I’m curious to learn more about different international markets (as well as their best kept secrets) and to exchange ideas about the challenges of publishing. And, of course, I’m looking forward to make new friends in the literary world.   

 

 

Rahul Soni

Rahul Soni - India

Harper Collins Publishers, Executive Editor – Literary

Harper Collins Publishers, Executive Editor – Literary

Your focus of interest  

My field of interest is literary publishingfiction, non-fiction, prose, verse, and everything in betweenwhether in English or translated into English from other languages. At HarperCollins India our focus is on works that have a strong India / South Asia connect. 

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company 

We will be publishing our first in November this year – Christopher Kloeble, with his novel The Museum of the World (Das Museum der Welt) – but I hope to find more 

The names of up to 5 “localauthors published by your company 

Harper Collins India publishes a number of major authorssome names familiar to readers in Germany will be Amitav Ghosh, Aravind Adiga, Avni Doshi, Janice Pariat, Shubhangi Swarup. 

 “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters 

I look forward to meeting fellow participants from around the world and exchanging experiences and ideas on how to promote literary works, and forming connections that will enable me to better present literature from India and the subcontinentwhether written originally in English, or in translation – at international forums. 

 

Syif Fauziah

Syifa Fauziah - Indonesia

Bentang Pustaka, Rights and Acquisition Editor

Bentang Pustaka, Rights and Acquisition Editor

Focus of interest

Our publisher is known for our literary titles, but I am also interested in contemporary fiction, romance, and thriller, especially books written by woman author. For non-fiction I’m focusing on self-improvement, philosophy, popular science/psychology, and parenting books. 

German authors published by your company

Nikolaus Piper 

Local authors published by your company

Andrea Hirata, Dee Lestari, Feby Indirani, Trinity, Maudy Ayunda 

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship

As a rights editor, I am excited to meet and making new connection with fellow participants while learn about publishing industries, specifically about rights and promotion .  I‘d also love to get to know  more German publishers and authors and introducing Indonesian authors to them.  

Alexia Caizzi

Alexia Caizzi - Italy

Einaudi, Editor

Einaudi, Editor

Your focus of interest 

As a Fiction-in-translation and Narrative non-fiction editor, I deal with literature from all around the world, with a focus on works written in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. Lately, I have been concentrating in particular on Spanish speaking authors and in addition on international young authors as we would like to expand our catalogue also in these directions.  

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company 

Our list includes Marcel Beyer, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Milena Michiko Flasar, Elfriede Jelinek, Robert Schneider  

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company 

Paolo Cognetti, Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Nicola Lagioia, Melania Mazzucco, Marco Missiroli, among many others 

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters

I would like to learn more about the German book market, and get to know its strengths and the strategies it is adopting to face new challenges. I hope to deepen my knowledge of publishing houses that focus on German Fiction and Narrative non-fiction in order to explore their lists and find works to be translated and published in our collections. Also, I think that the Programme will be a privileged channel for sharing ideas and experiences with other international partners and I look forward to meeting fellow participants and being inspired by their work.

Carme Riera

Carme Riera - Spain

Penguin Random House, Editor at Literatura Random House and Reservoir Books

Penguin Random House, Editor at Literatura Random House and Reservoir Books

My focus of interest

Literary fiction. 

German speaking authors

Daniel Kehlmann, Elfriede Jelinek, Judith Schalansky. 

“Local” authors

Gabriel García Márquez, Javier Cercas, Fernanda Melchor, Samanta Schweblin. 

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?

I am thrilled to have a deep immersion in the German book market, establishing fruitful connections with editors and participating at the Frankfurt Book Fair. 

Marwan Adwan

Marwan Adwan - Syria / UAE

Mamdouh Adwan Publishing, Publisher

Mamdouh Adwan Publishing, Publisher

Your focus of interest 

The majority of our publications are translated novels, recently we started new non-fiction publishing lines focusing on political studies, social studies, feminist Studies, philosophy, and astronomy. 

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company  

Our main focus was fiction novels, we have published many German speaking authors including:  

Ikarien by Uwe Timm, Stiller by Max Frisch, Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, Don Juan by Peter Handke, Recently we started to focus more on non-fiction, so we published: Die Politik der Demütigung: Schauplätze von Macht und Ohnmacht by Ute Frevert 

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company 

Mamdouh Adwan, Maha Hasan, Mamdouh Azzam, Khalifa Khuder, Mamdouh Hamada 

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters 

Being a publisher is a nonstop learning process, I am looking forward to meeting well established German publishers to learn more about their processes, strategies and techniques, and to find new titles to work on, especially in our new nonfiction’s lines. 

Also, I am looking to meet young professional publishers from around the world to build connections, exchange our experiences and thoughts, find cooperation methods, and explore new markets, new methods and new titles. 

 

Helena Gonda

Helena Gonda - UK

Canongate, Senior Commissioning Editor

Canongate, Senior Commissioning Editor

Your focus of interest

I commission narrative non-fiction for Canongate Books in the UK, with a focus on books that capture the zeitgeist. 

The names of up to 5 German speaking authors published by your company

Herman Hesse and Thomas Glavini 

The names of up to 5 “local” authors published by your company

Sten Nadolny 

Your answer to the question “What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters

‘I hope to learn more about the publishing industry in Germany, connect with like-minded publishing professionals, share skills with other delegates and discover great new writers.’ 

 

 

 

Emma Raddatz

Emma Raddatz - USA

Archipelago Elsewhere Editions, Editor & Development Associate, Archipelago / Director, Elsewhere Editions

Archipelago Elsewhere Editions, Editor & Development Associate, Archipelago / Director, Elsewhere Editions

Focus of interest 

Archipelago publishes urgent literary translations of classic and contemporary world literature. We've published books from over 35 languages, and our recent seasons include works from Turkish, Icelandic, Danish, Portuguese, French, German, among other languages. We mostly publish novels, poetry, and short story collectionsstartling works that reflect on art, language, birdwatching, dreams, mothers, and so many other things. And under our children's imprint, Elsewhere Editions, we publish artful children's books in translation 

5 German speaking authors published by your company 

Maja Haderlap, Heinrich von Kleist, Joseph Roth, Robert Musil, and Novalis 

(We publish only works in translation, so I don't have any local authors to list!) 

What do you expect from the Frankfurt Fellowship?” in 150 characters 

I'm so excited to meet with other fellows, learn about what writing is speaking to them right now, and meet in-person with German editors and publishers. The fellowship offers a rare space to exchange ideas and share books, and I feel it may shape our list in unexpected ways.

Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme

  • Mehrjährige Tätigkeit im Verlagswesen
  • Gute Englischkenntnisse
  • Drei Empfehlungsbriefe von internationalen Geschäftspartner*innen
  • Empfehlung durch die eigene Verlagsleitung

Frankfurt Fellowship FAQ

Wer kann sich bewerben?

Für das Frankfurt Fellowship Programm können sich Verleger*innen, Lektor*innen, Rechte- und Lizenzinhaber*innen sowie Literaturagent*innen aus aller Welt bewerben.

Welche Qualifikationen sind erforderlich?

  • Berufserfahrung im Verlagswesen (mindestens drei Jahre)
  • Gute Englischkenntnisse

Gibt es eine Altersbegrenzung?

Es gibt keine offizielle Altersbegrenzung für das Frankfurt Fellowship Programm. Es richtet sich jedoch an die jüngeren Generationen im Verlagswesen. Die meisten sind bei der Teilnahme im Alter von 30 bis 40 Jahren.

Welche Bewerbungsunterlagen sind erforderlich?

  • Das ausgefüllte Onlineformular
  • Drei Empfehlungsschreiben von internationalen Geschäftspartner*innen
  • Empfehlungsschreiben aus dem Management Ihres Verlagshauses

Wer soll die Empfehlungsschreiben verfassen?

Die Empfehlungsschreiben sollten von internationalen Verleger*innen, Lektor*innen, Lizenzen- und Literaturagent*innen verfasst werden, mit denen die Bewerber*innen zusammengearbeitet hat. Empfehlungen von Autor*innen können nicht berücksichtigt werden. Die internationalen Empfehlungen dürfen nicht aus dem eigenen Land der Bewerber*in stammen.

Kosten und Aufwendungen

Die Frankfurter Buchmesse übernimmt die Kosten für Reisen und Unterkunft innerhalb Deutschlands sowie einen Anteil der Verpflegungskosten, 2021 zum ersten Mal mit finanzieller Unterstützung des Auswärtigen Amtes.

Die ausgewählten Teilnehmer*innen sind für die Reisekosten nach Deutschland und zurück zum Wohnsitzland verantwortlich.

 

Wie läuft das Programm während der Frankfurter Buchmesse ab? Ist es möglich, eigene Geschäftstermine zu vereinbaren?

Von Montag vor Beginn der Frankfurter Buchmesse bis zum Buchmessesonntag können die Teilnehmer und Teilnehmerinnen des Frankfurter Fellowship Programms tagsüber ihre eigenen Meetings und Termine vereinbaren. Nur am Abend finden Rahmenveranstaltungen zu dem Programm statt.

Rechtzeitig bewerben

"Once a Fellow, always a Fellow" - profitieren Sie von einmaligen Networking-Chancen mit dem Frankfurt Fellowship.