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19 April 2021

'Book fairs are expensive, and rights is often a slow business, so I cannot stress how grateful I am for receiving funding to help us attend such a vital book fair as the Bologna Book Fair.' (Janne Moller, Black & White Publishing)

Funding Information

Go-See Fund

Due to current restrictions on travel and events, the application process has been postponed until later in the year

The Go-See Grants Fund is administered by Publishing Scotland with the financial support of Creative Scotland. The purpose of the fund is to enable Scottish-based publishers to attend national and international book trade fairs for the first time.


  1. Priority will be given to first-time publisher presence at fairs, with appropriate matching of type of books published to the nature of the fair (ie children's publishers at Bologna, etc); though other applications may be considered if there are sufficient funds
  2. Quality of publishing programme
  3. Financial need
  4. Type of publishing - priority will be to publishers of fiction, children's books, poetry, and selected non-fiction
  5. You must be a publisher or agent based in Scotland
  6. Self-publishers are not eligible

There are two rounds of this fund per financial year. 

The maximum amount that can be applied for is £1,000. Applicants may not receive the full amount they request. 

Applicants will be contacted as soon as possible after all the applications have been reviewed and decisions made.

For enquiries, contact our Member Services Manager Lucy Feather.

Where have successful applicants been? Read about the success of the fund.


Recipients of funding from Round 2 of 2019/20

  • Fraser Ross Associates - Book Expo 2020
  • Charco Press - Bogota
  • BHP Comics - International Comics Festival, France
  • Canongate Books - Brooklyn Book Festival
  • Muddy Pearl - Taipei International Book Fair
  • Barrington Stoke / Jenny Brown Associates - Shanghai Book Fair


Feedback from some Go-See fund recipients

404 Ink

'Go See funding allowed 404 Ink to attend Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time. The funding, which covered our travel, accommodation and contributed to our table costs, was invaluable as it gave 404 the opportunity to take a big step forward in terms of rights and developing relationships that we wouldn't have been able to manage otherwise.' (Heather McDaid, 404 Ink)

Canongate Books

'It was incredibly helpful to receive the funding and be able to meet up with editors at the New York Rights Fair and BEA and visit editors in their offices. We have either wrapped up deals for US rights or have offers pending in three of five titles pitched, so commercially the trip was a big success. It was also really successful in terms of consolidating existing contacts and making new ones.' (Andrea Joyce, Canongate)

Charco Press

'An incredibly productive, enriching trip which could not have taken place without the help and the inspiration provided by the generous Go-See Fund. I feel that Charco Press is now on a different, more visible footing thanks to this trip and that a myriad of opportunities and collaborations have emerged from this chance to go and be part of the Buenos Aires Book Fair.' (Carolina Orloff, Charco)


Tradeshow Access Programme (book fairs)

You may also be interested in the TAP Programme of grants for access to book fairs which is administered by the Publishers Association on behalf of the Department for International Trade. For details of eligibility and to apply, see the Publishers Association website. You can also download the 2019-2020 information leaflet (pdf).