Non-fiction Editors’ Week in Helsinki 25–27 November

FILI will host an Editors’ Week visit for non-fiction publishers 25–27 November 2019. Our guests are Jaya Aninda Chatterjee (Yale University Press, US), Martin Janik (Piper Verlag, Germany), Elin Sennerö Kaunitz (Norstedts, Sweden), Lidia Rey (Galaxia Gutenberg, Spain), Catharina Schilder (Uitgeverij Thomas Rap, The Netherlands).

Application period to FILI’s Translator-in-residence programme ends 24 November 2019

FILI’s translators-in-residence programme supports the work of professional translators who translate Finnish literature and live outside of Finland. The application period ends 24 November 2019. Applications are to be submitted via the electronic form on the FILI website.

The 2020 residency will be based at Villa Salin, on the island of Lauttasaari in Helsinki from 10 February to 1 March. The programme covers part of the travel costs, accommodation and a stipend (€300).

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A Fellowship programme for translators of Finnish literature in Helsinki 23.–25.10.2019

FILI arranges a Fellowship programme for translators of Finnish literature in connection with the Helsinki Book Fair. Nearly 50 translators from Finnish or Finland-Swedish will participate and most of them have traveled from abroad for the occasion.

The Fellowship programme starts with a seminar on Wednesday (in Finnish Literature Society) and continues then on Thursday and Friday at the Book fair.


Frankfurter Buchmesse 16.–20.10.2019

FILI will attend the Frankfurt Book Fair! You can find the Finnish stand at 5.0 A 85.

Do join us for A Guided Tour of Contemporary Finnish Literature and on How to Be Happy the Finnish Way as part of our Finnland. Cool & Happy. programme on Wednesday 16 October at the Frankfurt Pavilion (Agora) from 4 to 6 p.m.

The discussion will be in English and will feature the following guests:
Elina Kritzokat (Finnish-German translator)
Katja Pantzar (author of ‘Finding Sisu’)
Miska Rantanen (author of ‘Pantsdrunk’)
Pajtim Statovci (author of ‘My Cat Yugoslavia’ and ‘Crossing’)
Antti Tuomainen (author of Helsinki noir crime fiction)
Moderator: Roman Schatz (Finnish-German author and journalist)


FILI Autumn 2019 catalogue

The Autumn selection of Finnish titles has been published. This issue of the brochure presents 19 works of fiction, 8 works of non-fiction, and two graphic novels.

The brochure features a selection of Finnish fiction and non-fiction; the information has been provided to us by agents and publishers who sell foreign rights.

A Selection of Finnish titles | Autumn 2019 (2MB, pdf)



Gothenburg Book Fair 26.–29.9.2019

FILI will attend the Gothenburg Book Fair, we’ll have two tables in the Rights Centre (F02&G02). Please get in touch to book an appointment with us!

FILI Editors’ Week in Helsinki 2.–5.9.2019

The second Editors’ Week of 2019 will take place from 2–5 September. Our guests are: Jörg Becken (KLAK Verlag, Germany), Johanna Daehli (Sekwa Förlag, Sweden), Rocío Fernández (Grupo Planeta, Spain), Allison Malecha (Bettina B. Schrewe Literary Scouting, USA), Gloria Masdeu (Thinkingdom Media Group, China), Andrea Morstabilini (Il Saggiatore, Italy), Christine Scholz (Fleuve Editions, France) and Rebecca Wilson(De Geus, the Netherlands).

Beginning translators’ course in Helsinki

FILI and the Finnish National Agency for Education arrange the tenth beginning translators’ course in August. The course has been held every two years since 2002 and this year’s edition will take place from 19 to 30 August.

The course will be led by Polish translator and author Sebastian Musielak. A total of 16 participants who translate into 10 different languages have been selected to take part.

The aim of the course is to prepare participants to work as professional literary translators. Participants must have a sufficient level of Finnish and be interested in literature.



The FILI grant results have been published

FILI’s advisory board had its meeting 11 June 2019 and the grant decisions have now been published on our website. The total of nearly 220 000 euros was awarded to 117 projects. 73 % of the applications received funding. Our next application period starts 1 October 2019.

Awarded grants