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Last Call for First Round of Literary Programme Submissions! Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020 

Oct 28, 2019


Montréal, October 28, 2019 – Canada FBM2020 is putting out a last call for the first round of submissions for Canadian authors and illustrators to be considered for participation in events at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020, as well as other literary events in Germany in the 2020 calendar year.

The deadline for the first round of deliberations is November 4, 2019. 

One of Canada’s main commitments to the Frankfurt Book Fair as part of its presence as the Guest of Honour country in 2020 is to organize the literary programming, developed jointly by a Literary Programming Committee (LPC) and its Canadian and German partners. Canada FBM2020 is also responsible for the development of the project’s visual identity as well as the artistic direction of the Guest of Honour Pavilion.

The Canada FBM2020 team recently returned from Frankfurt where they successfully held the Guest of Honour ‘Canada 2020’ preview press conference on Thursday, October 17th and Canada gave a preview of its 2020 programme to international media and to the industry. The official Guest of Honour Handover Ceremony was held on Sunday, October 20th, concluding the 2019 edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair and officially launching Canada’s Guest of Honour year.

For the 2020 edition, Canada FBM2020 is currently inviting Canadian publishers and literary agents to submit applications for Canadian authors, illustrators, and creators to participate in events organized at the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 14-18, 2020) and at other literary events in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in 2020. 

The final candidates will be part of Canada’s official delegation in 2020 and will be provided with financial support to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

For full details, please consult the eligibility criteria. 

To submit an application, please complete the online form.

For more information please contact:

About Canada FBM2020:

On 6 October 2016, the Government of Canada (GoC) signed a contract committing to Canada’s participation as the Guest of Honour (GoH) at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.

Canada FBM2020 was then established as an entity in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) to manage, in French and English, the role and involvement of the Canadian book publishing industry at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. Canada FBM2020 receives financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and strategic oversight from a steering committee that includes members of PCH, the Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada, Telefilm Canada and Canada FBM2020. 

As a not-for-profit organization, Canada FBM2020 is supported by an independent board of directors and is working with key government and industry partners to deliver the major elements of the GoH program. Canada FBM2020 is an entity that employs two official languages to represent English, French, and Indigenous members of the publishing industry from across Canada.

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Canada FBM2020
Jennifer-Ann Weir
Associate Executive Director