Jerusalem Book Forum Extends Birger Fellowship Deadline

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With the next Jerusalem International Book Forum scheduled for May, the associated Zev Birger Fellowship for editors, literary agent, and scouts has extended its deadline.

Members of the 2019 Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program. Image: JIBF

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

New Deadline: October 31
As Publishing Perspectives readers will remember, the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program runs parallel to the Jerusalem International Book Forum,

Its next iteration is expected to run May 15 to 18, as the forum programs stage discussion, debate, and informal networking events, starting with the awarding of the Jerusalem Prize.

And the forum is extending the application period for the next group of participants in the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program to October 31.

In a prepared statement, the forum’s director, Yoel Makov, is quoted, saying, “Working toward the May 2022 edition, we’re filled with hope that by then it will be permissible and safe to hold a physical Jerusalem International Book Forum.

Yoel Makov

“Especially at a time like this, after we’ve been distanced from one another and long to reunite, we’re passionate about the notion of introducing yet another group of remarkable people to the fellowship, so that new ties can be formed and new opportunities explored.”

The Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program, named after its founder and sponsored by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group since its inception in 1985, is a professional week-long seminar which focuses on significant issues of interest to the international publishing community.

As part of the Jerusalem International Book Forum (previously the Jerusalem International Book Fair), the fellowship program takes place biennially. During each edition of the forum, about 35 editors, literary agents, and literary scouts are carefully selected by committees of experienced publishing professionals to participate in the fellowship program.

To date, nearly 600 alumni from 40 countries representing a wide range of companies and professional roles have participated in the program. Many alumni now occupy senior positions, and the JIBF remains a focal point for their professional relationships and friendships.

The return of the fellowship’s alumni to Jerusalem is supported by Penguin Random House.

The next Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program will take place between May 13 and 19, 2022. The online application form is available on the forum’s site.

For questions or further material, please contact Sharon Katz.


More from Publishing Perspectives on the Jerusalem International Book Forum is here, more from us on publishing conferences is here, and more on the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship is here.

More on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As as an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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