Bookselling Without Borders and Tišma Prize Open for Submissions

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The Bookselling Without Borders program will again send bookstore workers to international book fairs and trade shows. And Novi Sad’s new Tišma Prize is in its inaugural year.

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‘Better Connected, Better Informed’
The application period for the 2019 fellowships offered by Bookselling Without Borders has opened, with a deadline for applications set for February 4.

As Publishing Perspectives readers will recall, Bookselling Without Borders (BWB) is the nonprofit program that annually makes it possible for American booksellers to experience some of the world’s leading industry trade shows and book fairs with a goal to widening horizons and  promoting translation.

As the group’s descriptive copy has it, “Founded in 2016, BWB awards fellowships to American booksellers to attend international book fairs, where they meet with publishers, editors, authors, agents, and other publishing professionals; connect with booksellers and with bookseller trade associations from around the world; speak on and attend panels; and visit local bookstores, distributors, cultural agencies, and literary arts organizations.

“Booksellers return better connected, better informed, more aware of the international book panorama, and better equipped to put international and diverse literatures into the hands of readers.”

Many companies in the industry have contributed to make the program successful. They include  Ingram Content Group, Shelf Awareness, and the participating book fairs, in addition to publishers Catapult, Counterpoint, Europa Editions, Graywolf Press, Grove Atlantic, Melville House, Milkweed Editions, Other Press, Princeton University Press, Rutgers University Press, Seagull Books, Seven Stories Press, Soft Skull, Shambhala Publications, and the University of Chicago Press.

This year’s opportunities in all-expenses-paid trips to international events for booksellers include not only the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Torino Book Fair but also the International Istanbul Book Fair, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and a residency in India that will include the Jaipur Literature Festival and the New Delhi World Book Fair. Booksellers chosen to participate are given customized programs that include panel discussions, meetings, seminars, and networking receptions with publishers, authors, and their bookselling counterparts from overseas markets.

As the program’s material puts it, those encouraged to apply are “booksellers interested in diverse and international literature, in fostering relationships with the international bookselling community, and in traveling to some of the world’s great literary cities.

An applicant can be a bookseller, a buyer, a bookstore manager, or an owner. Multiple applications from a single store are welcome.

You can begin the application process here. Information is at booksellingwithoutborders@gmail.com


Serbia’s New Tišma International Literary Prize

Aleksandar Tišma Foundation

The Aleksandar Tišma Foundation in Novi Sad—established in 2016 to honor the late Serbian novelist who died in 2003—has made a call for submissions for the inaugural Aleksandar Tišma International Literary Prize, which is to be awarded for the first time this year to a book written or translated and published in 2016, 2017 or 2018 in either French, English, or German.

The deadline for submissions is February 3.

Details are limited, but the information on the new program says that a title submitted for consideration can be written in any literary genre and that authors of all nationalities are welcome. The prize includes a cash award of €10,000 (US$11,373). Members of the jury are:

  • Hungarian writer and essayist György Konrad
  • Austrian writer Peter Handke
  • Swiss writer and translator Ilma Rakusa
  • French writer Matthias Enard;
  • Literary historian Vladislava Gordić Petković

Literary critics, publishers, and institutions can submit a PDF version of a book in French, English, or German alongside the justification for the choice to office@tisma-foundation.com


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Porter Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He is also co-owner and editor with Jane Friedman of The Hot Sheet, the newsletter for trade and indie authors. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook, at London's The Bookseller. Anderson has also worked with CNN International, CNN.com, CNN USA, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media.

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