The Frankfurt Fellowship Program has its focus on YA publishing this year, and has been operating now for more than two decades. Young publishing professionals working in that field—publishers, literary agents, editors, rights and licensing managers—are encouraged to apply before April 30. Candidates for the program should have several years of work experience and a good level of English.”
The fellows’ program runs longer than the fair, encompassing a two-week itinerary of visits to and meetings with German publishing houses and bookstore workers in several cities–lots of seminars and networking. Costs of travel and accommodation are covered by the program. Some of our coverage of this program is here.
In this year’s program, the fair expects to place new emphasis on “neighboring content producing industries,” a nice phrase, including film, audio, and gaming. The program concludes with the trade show itself, which typically sees more than 300,000 visitors and some 7,450 exhibitors from at least 100 nations.
Again this year, one berth in the fellows program is provided by the family of the late Fred Kobrak—who was with Macmillan, Collier Macmillan International, and Thomson for a career spanning some 40 decades. Kobrak died in late 2016 at age 88 and his family has, since his death, funded an annual Fred Kobrak Frankfurt Fellow availability for one of the 16 professionals accepted for the program.
The application information on this program is here.
Frankfurt Invitation Program 2020
Also focused this year on young readers’ content, the annual Invitation Program at Frankfurt brings 20 publishers from developing book markets to the fair. In many cases, these publishers may be among the most adventurous and energetic in their home markets but not yet drawing the kind of revenue to afford the trip to Frankfurter Buchmesse.
You can find some of our coverage of this program and its participants here.
The invitation group’s program will run October 8 to 18 and “is aimed at small independent publishers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Arab world, and Eastern Europe.” Candidates for the program should have a good level of English.
In this case, the group’s members receive a free stand at the fair in addition to travel and accommodation costs, the funded provided by the show and by the German Federal Foreign Office. Prior to the trade show’s opening, the group is given a seminar running two and a half days.
Information on this program is here.