Helsinki Literary Agency

The authors on Helsinki Literary Agency’s list are a beautiful bunch.

There are those who write breathtaking literary fiction and those who know how to spin a crime novel. Some can take the reader centuries back in time – or to a whole new world. Some of them write to children in a such a thrilling way that it gives even the adult reader goose bumps. There are writers of the most intriguing narrative nonfiction and of fascinating guides and funny pass-time books too.

The power of literature lies in variety: there is a book to read for everyone. Hence the goal of Helsinki Literary Agency is to offer the readers in other countries a good, representative section of Finnish literature.

Take a peek at our authors and their books!

Catalogues

Spring Rights Guides 2020

Download our Spring 2020 rights guides:

HLA Spring 2020

HLA Children Spring 2020

Autumn Rights Guides 2019

Download our Autumn 2019 rights guides:

HLA Autumn 2019

HLA Children Autumn 2019

Spring Rights Guides 2019

Download our Spring 2019 rights guides:
Fiction and nonfiction:
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Children and young adult:
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Autumn Rights Guides 2018

Download our Autumn 2018 rights guides:
Autumn 2018, fiction and nonfiction
Autumn 2018, children

Spring Rights Guides 2018

Download our Spring 2018 rights guide here, and our first ever children’s catalogue from  here!

Autumn Rights Guide 2017

Download our Autumn 2017 rights guide here!

News

Helsinki Literary Agency recruits Arela and Aareleid

Helsinki Literary Agency has strengthened its team with the recruitment of two new literary agents. Viivi Arela joins the agency at the beginning of July, followed by Kai Aareleid in August. Since 2014, Arela has worked as communications director of the Finnish fashion brand Arela. She will continue to work part-time as public relations officer …

Interviews with writers!

We are continuing our creative literary interviews series with HLA’s writers! Marcus Rosenlund, a weather fanatic and author of the phenomenal nonfiction The Weather that Changed the World, reveals fascinating stories behind the history of climate, its impact to us, humans, and encourages climate hope for the future. Full interview here.

About the agency

Helsinki Literary Agency is a modern literary agency based in the capital of Finland. It offers publishers the best selection of Finnish fiction and nonfiction authors – a beautiful variety of genres and styles. Founded in the beginning of 2017, the agency is a joint venture of four independent Finnish publishing houses: Gummerus, Schildts & Söderströms, Siltala and Teos. The agency represents a wide range of prominent, award winning authors writing both in Finnish and Swedish.

Gummerus
Gummerus, founded in 1872, is Finland’s third largest publisher with a list of 200 titles each year. It is now owned by Swedish Storytel.

Schildts & Söderströms
Schildts & Söderströms is Finland’s largest Swedish language publisher with a history dating back 1891. Its imprint S&S publishes books in Finnish.

Siltala Publishing
Siltala, founded in 2008, publishes about 40 titles a year. Its list includes both literary fiction and nonfiction.

Teos Publishers
Teos, founded in 2003, publishes about 45 new titles annually. The focus is on literary fiction, but the list includes also nonfiction and children’s titles.

Here is a link to media stories about the Helsinki Literary Agency, updated whenever there is news.

Agents:

Photo: Evelin Kask

Urpu Strellman
Literary Agent, CEO
M +358 40 737 5535
urpu@helsinkiagency.fi

Helsinki Literary Agency is headed by Urpu Strellman (b. 1979). She has worked in publishing for over 15 years, longest as an editor and a publishing manager. In the beginning of 2017 she started to work at the then brand new Helsinki Literary Agency. For years she has also been teaching editing, writing and how to popularize science. She has co-authored a book about how to write nonfiction and another about how to write with influence. Most recently she has published a guide about selling nonfiction rights abroad (so watch out, world – Finnish nonfiction is soon coming to you!). 

Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Literary Agent
urte@helsinkiagency.fi

With a colourful past from bartending on the top of Canadian Rockies to working for the EU Commission, Urtė (b. 1991) eventually joined the agency in the beginning of 2019, and in addition to selling rights is also in charge of newsletters, social media and communications. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Helsinki, majoring in Finnish language and culture. On the side, she is a literary translator, whose work has been awarded and enlisted amongst the best translations of the year a few years in a row. 

Kai Aareleid
Literary Agent
(starting 17th August 2020)
kai@helsinkiagency.fi

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Viivi Arela 
Literary Agent
viivi@helsinkiagency.fi

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Exclusive co-agents:

Brazil
Vikings of Brazil | Pasi Loman
pasi.loman@vikingsbr.com.br

China
Grayhawk Agency | Clare Chi
clare@grayhawk-agency.blogspot.com

Japan
Tuttle-Mori Agency | Ken Mori
ken@tuttlemori.com

Korea
Momo Agency | Geenie Han
geeniehan@mmagency.co.kr

Poland
Book/lab | Pjotr Wawrzenczyk
piotr@literatura.com.pl

Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese (excl. Brazil)
Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency | Marina Penalva
marina@casanovaslynch.com

Turkey
Kalem Agency | Nazli Gürkas
rights@kalemagency.com

Address:
Helsinki Literary Agency
Snellmaninkatu 13
00170 Helsinki
FINLAND

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Translation support for Finnish literature

You can read about translation and production grants here.

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

Helsinki Literary Agency follows the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. The information we have about you is used only to send out news and other information about Finnish literature. It will not be given to third parties.

We are glad to give you more detailed information about the measures we take to protect your data: our contact information is above.