The Gothenburg Book Fair Fellowship Program

For publishers, subagents and translators 

The Swedish Arts Council and Gothenburg Book Fair provide a fellowship program for international publishers and subagents, as well as translators from Swedish into other languages, who are interested in attending the Gothenburg Book Fair.

The fellowship program 2023 takes place from 27–30 September. (The Book Fair is open 28 September–1 October)

Foreign publishers, subagents and translators who are interested in publishing/working with Swedish literature of high quality can apply for this program, that is partly booked with lectures and meetings and partly open to individual programs. In 2023, the primary focus is on literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, therefore we encourage publishers, subagents and translators working with those genres to apply.

The application period is 23 February–23 March 2023.

For more information, please see The Swedish Arts Council website >>

The participants in the Gothenburg Book Fair Fellowship 2022 >>

Said by previous participants:


“Before I came to the book fair, to me Sweden is only a country that has Astrid Lindgren och Pippi Longstocking, now I know Sweden has many other excellent authors who write books for children. The trip to Gothenburg widens my views and encourages me to become an excellent publisher/editor in the future.”

“It was my first time attending the Gothenburg fair and I got a new perspective of the Swedish book market, the trends, I found out about a lot of new authors which will be good for my publishing programme.“

“It was a very good complement to the usual Bologna and Frankfurt Book Fairs and enabled me to meet translators for upcoming potential acquisitions. “

“It was frankly amazing, and an incredible learning experience, from the seminar programme, to the lectures. To speak to a wide range of translators and agents from around the world was highly enriching, both professionally and personally.”

“In short, for me, and for Swedish literature, my participation in the Fellowship most certainly was important and worthwhile. I have rarely closed so many deals with such high advance sums in such a short period of time and I don’t think it would have been possible without me visiting the Gothenburg Book Fair.“

“It was very important. As a co-agent, I started new partnerships with Swedish publishers and agencies with whom I had not worked with before.”