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!

News

Two of HLA books nominated for Runeberg Junior Prize

Eva Frantz’s RASPBERRY HILL: ghosts and suspense in a horror story for middle-grade readers Sanna Mander’s and Anna Sarve’s PRINCESS BOOK: true or almost true stories of real and fantastical princesses Two titles that are represented by Helsinki Literary Agency have been nominated for Runeberg Junior Prize. The prize is often considered the most important …

Pauliina Rauhala’s Harvest nominated for the Finlandia Prize

Pauliina Rauhala’s HARVEST, praised for its beautifully narrated story of an introverted community and rich language, has been nominated for Finland’s most important literary prize. Harvest is a novel about spiritual control, about longing for a connection to other people and about all nuances of love. It tells a story of a religious community in …

SHADOWED nominated for the Finlandia Junior Prize

Maija and Anssi Hurme’s illustrated children’s book SHADOWED, described as “brilliant illustrated narrative” that hits “the artistic bull’s eye”, has been nominated for Finland’s most important literary prize. Shadowed is a mysterious story about a child, a father and a great longing. One morning, there is an unfamiliar character in the child’s room. No one …

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 different genres and styles.

The agency was founded in the beginning of 2017 as a joint venture of three independent Finnish publishing houses, Gummerus, Teos Publishers and Schildts & Söderströms (news about the agency in Publishing Perspectives). The agency’s goal is to offer its authors the chance to enchant new audiences in many countries and in doing so to gain a firm foothold for the Finnish literature in the international market.

Helsinki Literary Agency is headed by Urpu Strellman (b. 1979). Her history is in publishing: after some years as a sub-editor for a scientific journal she worked for eleven year as an editor and a publishing manager in Art House Publishing, scouring the bookfairs and bringing the works of wonderful authors to the reach of the Finnish audience. As a passtime Urpu has for years been teaching editing, writing and popularizing science at the University of Helsinki. In the past few years she has gotten involved in a few nonfiction book projects as an author – and in a few as a translator.  (Photo: Ismo Jokinen)

In mid-February 2018, the agency was strengthened by Literary Agent Anna Kokko (b. 1993). She has worked as a freelance editor for the past two years while finishing her master’s degree. Anna has worked with fiction and general non-fiction, and she has also translated children’s literature. While working and studying, she has been involved in volunteer journalism, writing about the role of Finnish young adult fiction in Hungary, among other things. (Photo: Sakari Saukkonen)

Here is a link to the stories about Helsinki Literary Agency in media, updated when ever there are news.

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

Anna Kokko
Literary Agent
M +358 40 5937 131
anna@helsinkiagency.fi

Exclusive co-agents:

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

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

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

Turkey
Kalem Agency | Nazli Gürkas
rights@kalemagency.com

Address:
Helsinki Literary Agency
Snellmaninkatu 13
00170 Helsinki
FINLAND

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