Publishing Scotland’s Fellowship Program: Open for Applications

In News by Porter Anderson

The eighth iteration of the Publishing Scotland fellowship for international editors is to be held in August.

Participants in Publishing Scotland’s 2023 fellowship in August, from left, were Chris Herschdorfer; Katalin Vas; Johannes Engelke; Véronique Haïtse; Susanne van Leeuwen; Julia Eisele; Joey McGarvey; and Siren Marøy Myklebust. Image: Publishing Scotland

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

Deadline for Application: January 31
After having hosted 62 publishers from 20 countries in its first seven years, the Publishing Scotland fellowship is again open for applications.

As Publishing Perspectives readers will recall, Publishing Scotland—which again this year made a strong showing at Frankfurter Buchmesse in October—takes place during August, in a week that coincides with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the broader Edinburgh Festival, and its fringe festival events.

Partly funded by Creative Scotland, the fellowship program is devised with the intention of broadening the reach and influence of books coming out of Scotland, through developing relationships between the international publishing community and the Scottish sector.

Marion Sinclair

In a comment on the news of the 2024 program’s applications process, Publishing Scotland CEO Marion Sinclair is quoted, saying, “Now more than ever, it’s vital that we maintain our international connections and ambition.

“The book world is fueled by relationships that we make through book fairs, selling rights, and licensing, and the fellowship scheme allows us to develop and deepen those relationships between the Scottish publishing industry and the rest of the world.”

The fellowship program is a week-long series of meetings with Scottish publishers, literary agents, and writers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness.

Participating editors in the past have also had such outings as a dinner at the former home of Robert Louis Stevenson during the week, in addition to seeing the festival, all geared toward encouraging rights sales of Scottish content as these editors meet and network with members of Scotland’s publishing industry.


More from Publishing Perspectives on Scotland is here, more from us on audiobooks is here, and more on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here.

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Our 75th Frankfurt coverage from our Frankfurt Book Fair Magazine, which was available throughout the trade show in print, is also available for your free download.

The magazine has interviews with fellows and grant-program recipients from international publishing markets, as well as previews of programming from our Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurt including our Executive Talks with Penguin Random House worldwide CEO Nihar Malaviya and Nanmeebooks’ Kim Chongsatitwana; highlights of key events at the 75th Frankfurter Buchmesse; and coverage of Frankfurt’s upcoming guest of honor programs (Italy, the Philippines, the Czech Republic) and this year’s Guest of Honor Slovenia.

There’s also news of literary agents and agencies; award-winning books from guest of honor markets; focus articles on artificial intelligence, sustainability; and a forthcoming effort to get more Korean literature into world markets; as well as 75th-anniversary “Frankfurt Moments.”

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson 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 an arts critic (Fellow, 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.