Frankfurter Buchmesse Opens Fellowship Submissions

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Three major fellowship programs from Frankfurter Buchmesse and the German Federal Foreign Office have opened for submissions.

Kim Chongsatitwatana, left, now CEO of Thailand’s Nanmeebooks, and Ali Boozari of Iran’s Peydayesh go over children’s books with Kerstin Michaelis of Germany’s Beltz & Gelberg in the 2014 iteration of the Frankfurt Fellowship. Chongsatitwatana was featured in an exclusive Executive Talk in the Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2023. Image: FBM, Anett Weirauch

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

Deadlines: April 15 and 30
The application phase for the fellowship and grant programs at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20) has opened, and they have either an April 15 or April 30 deadline for those interested in getting spots in one of these events.

These programs are organized by Frankfurt and made possible by the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Some quick disambiguation about the three programs the submission periods of which are opening now:

  • The Frankfurt Fellowship Program connects international publishers, editors, licensing managers, and literary agents with their German counterparts
  • The Invitation Program enables publishers from countries with a developing book industry to take part in Frankfurter Buchmesse
  • The Special Program for Publishers From Ukraine and Neighboring Countries is to have its third outing this year

Overall, the structure and intent of these programs is to promote and encourage internationalism and professionalism, the participants in each program’s case gaining access to a network of colleagues from multiple parts of the world, some insight and experience of the pertinent nations’ publishing industries, and attendance with special events at Frankfurt Book Fair.

Links in our description of these programs are to further information and submission needs.

Frankfurt Fellowship: Young Publishing Professionals

Founded in 1998 and now the best known of the fellowships associated with Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Frankfurt Fellowship is set to run October 6 through 20 this year, and is devised for “younger publishers, editors, rights managers, and literary agents with approximately three years of professional experience or more.”

Costs covered include travel and accommodation in Germany, a contribution toward food costs, and participation in the training program in Berlin and Frankfurt. Featured events include visits to publishing houses, agencies, bookshops, market presentations, and one-on-one meetings in the two cities.

Ten participants are expected to be chosen, and the program has a submission deadline of April 30.

Frankfurt Invitation Program: Developing Book Industries

The Invitation Program, which runs October 10 through 20 this year, is designed for publishers from emerging markets to be at Frankfurter Buchmesse and to build networks with international publishers as they grow their operations in their home markets. The program begins three days prior to the trade show, and is particularly targeted at independent publishers Africa, Asia, the Arab world, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Costs covered include an exhibition stand, travel, stay, participation in the training program in Frankfurt, and a contribution toward food costs.

Sixteen openings are available in this program, which has a submission deadline of April 30.

Special Program: Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

Opened after Vladimir Putin’s 2022 initial attack on Ukraine, Frankfurt’s Special Program—running October 13 through 19 this year—is targeted to publishers, editors, rights managers, and literary agents from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Hungary. The program is being developed in cooperation with the International Book Arsenal Festival in Kyiv and the Goethe-Institut Ukraine.

Costs include accommodation and a contribution toward food costs in Frankfurt. Participants may also apply for a travel allowance.

Fifteen openings are available in this program, which has a submission deadline of April 15.

Further Fellowship Notes
  • Additionally, the Georges Arthur Goldschmidt program for young literary translators from Germany, France, and Switzerland is being reconfigured to take place on a revised format in its three countries and on three sets of dates, in each case with its sessions held in association with a local literary festival or book fair ahead of Buchmesse.
  • The Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship‘s submission period has recently closed. Its two weeks of events in France and Germany are scheduled to take place from June 10 to 27.

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on world fellowship programs is here, and more on international trade shows, book fairs, and other events is here.

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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 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.