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17 August 2018

About the Fellowship Programme

Interested in getting involved?

Publishing Scotland's International Fellowship Programme, now in its fourth year, will bring 8 international publishers to Scotland for a programme of visits and meetings with Scottish publishers. The aim is to encourage relationships between the international publishing community and their Scottish counterparts and to facilitate the buying and selling of rights.

The Fellowship Programme will take place over the summer of 2018 and will coincide with the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August (the proposed dates are 20-26 August).

The Fellowship is part-funded by Creative Scotland and SDI.


The Programme

The Fellowship Programme is aimed at international Publishers/Directors looking to discover Scottish books - fiction, non-fiction, and children's - and to acquire rights.

The program will include:

  • Activities at the Edinburgh International Book Festival presentations on the Scottish book market; individual meetings with Scottish publishers;
  • Visits to bookshops and publishing houses
  • Networking events

We are looking for:

  • Editorial Publishers/Directors whose lists  include English-language works in translation or works from countries known for purchasing UK rights (ideally but not mandatory)
  • Candidates with a strong command of English
  • Buyers of fiction/non-fiction/YA and children's
  • The Fellowship Programme will cover the following expenses:
  • Transport to and from Scotland
  • Accommodation (hotels chosen by Publishing Scotland)
  • Some meals/dinners


Application Process and Deadline

Applications for the 2018 Fellowship closed on 28 February 2018.

The applications will be considered by the Fellowship Steering Group consisting of publishers, agents, and Publishing Scotland. Successful applicants will be notified by email in March.

Please direct any enquiries to Marion Sinclair or by telephoning 0131 228 6866.


New Books Scotland 2018

This is our most recent rights catalogue showcasing members books. The print version gets distributed at the London and Frankfurt book fairs and other events throughout the year. There is also a PDF version to download.


About the inaugural programme in 2015

We established a new Publishing Fellowship Programme in 2015. For the inaugural programme, eight international publishers were invited to come to Scotland for a week in August to meet Scottish publishers and agents - and visit the world-class Edinburgh International Book Festival (see PDF leaflet).

They were chosen by our steering committee based upon their standing in the publishing community and their previous interest and links with the industry here.

The Programme took place from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 August 2015, to coincide with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The eight Fellows visited publishing houses and agents, saw market presentations, attended match-making events and dinners, and many more networking opportunities in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands over the week. There were opportunities to see a bit of the country and to spend time at the wonderful Book Festival. Get a taste of the programme on #PSfellowship.