Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) Programme

Dates: 29th April – 5th May 2019

Delivered alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Visiting International Publishers programme supports international publishers, scouts and literary agents to participate in an intensive week-long schedule of business meetings, networking events, industry forums, writers’ festival events, and panel discussions with Australian publishers and agents. The aim of the programme is to strengthen relationships between publishers, literary agents, and scouts and their Australian counterparts; showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of rights to Australian titles in international markets.

The visiting delegation will immerse themselves in Australia’s unique literary culture, share insights into global publishing trends, and expand opportunities for Australian authors overseas.

Contact: Karen Le Roy (02 9215 9054)



China Shanghai Internation Children’s Book Fair
, Shanghai Visiting International Publishers project

Dates: November 2019

CCBF’s fellowship programme – Shanghai Visiting International Publishers project (SHVIP) is Asia’s first fellowship project exclusively dedicated to children’s publishing. It is designed for publishing managers, publishers, and editors of all levels.

SHVIP offers a small group of children’s book specialists the opportunity to gain detailed insight into China’s publishing landscape and visit CCBF from an exclusive perspective. It also enables CCBF exhibitors and trade visitors to communicate with the invited publishers.

Contact: Ms Carolina Ballester (+86-186 2130 2797)


Paper Republic, Beijing Publishing Fellowship

Dates: late October 2019

Paper Republic runs a publishing fellowship in Beijing for a small group of international editors and agents, in conjunction with the Beijing International Book Fair.

Fellows visit Beijing for a week and spend the time visiting Chinese publishing houses, having meetings with writers and editors, and generally experiencing China’s literary and publishing worlds. They also present their own publishing backgrounds to Chinese editors, and help those editors improve their book-pitching skills.




A Fellowship of Foreign Editors in Paris / Un Fellowship D’éditeurs Étrangers À Paris

Dates: 16th – 22nd March 2019

Le Bureau international de l’édition française, in partnership with Cnl and SOFIA, invites 14 publishers from abroad to spend a professional week in Paris in order to broaden their knowledge of the French book market.

The programme consists of professional meetings and appointments with their French counterparts, and visits to publishing houses. It will also include several professional round table debates to discuss the main challenges facing humanities and foreign literature publishers in France and abroad.

Contact: Claire Mauguière



Frankfurt Fellowship Programme

Dates: 16th – 20th October 2019

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme was created on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Its aim is to foster information exchange and the creation of an international network between young publishers from all around the world.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme focuses on exchanging information, fostering professional dialogue and growing young international publishers’ networks. They visit publishing houses and booksellers in three German cities, attend market presentations, have matchmaking events and dinners, and offer networking opportunities.

Annual meetings with former Frankfurt Fellows at the Frankfurter Buchmesse and abroad ensure lively exchanges and long-lasting contacts.

Contact: Ms Niki Théron



The Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program

Dates: 10th – 16th May 2019

The Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program is a professional week-long seminar which focuses on significant issues of interest to the international publishing community. Over 550 alumni from 40 countries representing a wide range of companies and professional roles have graduated from the fellowship program in the past 32 years. Many alumni now occupy senior positions, and the JIBF remains a focal point for their professional relationships and friendships. The 2019 Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship will coincide with the first instalment of the new JIBF (May 12-15).

Editors, literary agents and literary scouts are invited to submit their applications to the programme. Around 35 fellows will be accepted.

Contact: Sharon Katz



Guadalajara Fil Rights Exchange

Dates: 25th – 29th November 2018

The FIL Rights Exchange is a fellowship program for editors from countries where Spanish is not the official language. It seeks to promote the rights market in Ibero-America by creating new market opportunities through meetings previously arranged by FIL with participating publishers and fellows. All publishers from Ibero-America that publish fiction are eligible to request a meeting with this group.

Contact: Rubén Padilla



Dutch Foundation for Literature Visitors’ Programme

Dates: Children’s Literature (21st – 23rd January); Fiction (September); Non-Fiction (November).

Every year, the Dutch Foundation for Literature invites a number of editors from leading foreign publishing firms are to visit to Amsterdam within the framework of the Amsterdam Fellowship for International Publishers (AFIP). This enables editors to familiarise themselves with Dutch literature and the Dutch book trade.

The fellowship seeks to present the Dutch book trade as a dynamic, internationally oriented industry, to consolidate relations, to exchange information and to promote books in the Dutch language. They also organize a fellowship every two years for editors of non-fiction and of children’s books.

Contact: Victor Schiferli (Fiction and Poetry Specialist); Mireille Berman (Non-Fiction Specialist)

Places on this fellowship are by selection rather than application, however they encourage those interested in participating to let them know via email.



International Publishing Fellowship Programme

Dates: 19th – 25th August

Publishing Scotland’s International Fellowship Programme aims to encourage relationships between the international publishing community and their Scottish counterparts, and facilitate the buying and selling of rights.

The programme includes activities at the Edinburgh International Book Festival; presentations on the Scottish book market; individual meetings with Scottish publishers; visits to bookshops and publishing houses; and Networking events.

Contact: Jess Walter



­­Making Catalan Literature Travel for International Publishers and Agents

Dates: TBC (September 2019)

The main goal of the fellowship is to enhance the knowledge and, therefore, the interest in Catalan literature among international publishers and agents and to provide them with a more in-depth perspective on the subject as well as to help building networks among Catalan and international publishing companies and literary agencies.

The fellowship programme will interact with the Books in Catalan Week to offer a wide range of events. It will include introductory sessions on Catalan literature, an overview of the Catalan literary publishing world, informal meetings with writers, illustrators and translators as well as visits to emblematic bookstores and to other outstanding cultural sites. Among these series of activities, we will organise a schedule of 30 meetings with Catalan publishers and agents selected in accordance with your catalogue contents.




Gothenburg Book Fair Fellowship Program

Dates: 26th – 29th September 2019

The Swedish Arts Council and Göteborg Book Fair have a fellowship program for translators from Swedish into other languages, as well as non-Nordic publishers and sub-agents interested in attending the Göteborg Book Fair.

The aim of the program is to reinforce international literature exchange and raise awareness of Swedish literature of high quality in the international publishing sector and to increase the chances for Swedish authors to reach readers in other languages via translation.

The grant will cover a part of the travel cost, accommodation for 3 nights, and entrance card to all seminars at the fair. The program is partly booked, with meetings, lectures, and evening activities, and partly open to individual programs. There will be both separate activities for translators and publishers as well as joint activities.

Contact: Elin Hellström (+46 31 708 84 08); Susanne Bergström Larsson (+46 8 519 264 83)

Deadline: 4th April 2019



Istanbul Fellowship Program

Dates: February 2020

Istanbul Fellowship Program was initiated in 2016 by Turkish Press and Publishers Copyright & Licensing Society (TBYM), the largest professional organisation of publishers in Turkey. The aim of this program is to contribute to bilateral cooperation between Turkish and foreign publishers, and to make Istanbul a marketplace for copyrights exchange.

A number of packages, offered in response to perceived need, will be given to successful applicants, all of which cover meals and translation support, and some of which cover both flights and accommodation in Istanbul for the duration of the fellowship.