Translator: Apply for our residency programme!

FILI offers translators of Finnish literature a unique opportunity to focus on their work for three weeks at our residency, organised next from 19 February to 11 March 2018. The residency programme covers travel, accommodation and a stipend of 300 euros.

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FILI hosts international editors

A group of seven editors and a literary scout from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany, Spain, and Norway visited Finland this week by invitation from FILI. Organised since 2011, the purpose of International Editors’ Week is to bring foreign publishing professionals interested in purchasing book rights together with Finnish publishers and agents who have a strong international rights programme.

In addition to the facts and figures of the Finnish publishing scene and the latest hot releases, they were interested in hearing about how children’s literacy is supported in Finland by schools, libraries, and the parents, as well as the state of bookselling both in bricks-and-mortar shops and online. After meeting and mingling with Finnish publishing professionals, the guests were treated to a cultural visit to the fortress island of Suomenlinna and to the sauna and a dip in the sea on Lonna island.

International Editors’ Week will be arranged again in 2018, participation is by invitation. Read more about FILI’s work with international publishers here.

Beginning translators’ course

Every two years a course for beginning translators is held in Helsinki, and this year’s edition will take place from 21 to 31 August. FILI and the Finnish National Agency for Education (formerly CIMO) are co-organisers.

The course will be led by translator and author Stefan Moster. A total of 15 participants who translate into 10 different languages have been selected to take part.

This is the ninth time the beginning translators’ course has been held. The course has served as the launch pad for the careers of many translators working today. 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.

This year focus is also on comics, translator Kirsi Kinnunen is a guest lecturer.


FILI is closed in July

It is summertime, which means that FILI will be temporarily shutting up shop. We are closed the whole month of July, and our telephone and email service will also be down. Have a great summer!


Rubén Padilla of the Guadalajara International Book Fair visits Finland

Rubén Padilla, the director of the professional programme at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, will visit Finland from 30 May until 2 June,  invited by FILI and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Padilla will meet with Finnish publishers and host an event for publishers and literary agents interested in the Latin American book market and the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

Deadline for FILI grants

The deadline for FILI grant applications is on Monday, 1st of May. It is a holiday in Finland, so FILI staff is out of office and unable to provide last minute assistance with your application. Please do send in your possible questions by Friday 28 April.