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!


Spring Rights Guides 2020

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HLA Spring 2020

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Autumn Rights Guides 2019

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HLA Autumn 2019

HLA Children Autumn 2019

Spring Rights Guides 2019

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Autumn Rights Guides 2018

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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!


Interviews with authors!

We are continuing our creative literary interviews series with HLA’s writers! Author of a Finnish literary version of Ocean’s 11 Tuomas Vimma tells about his series, fascinating women and running from a prison guard while doing a research for the book. Read the interview here.

Watch authors talk seriously and Not Too Seriously about their books in HLA video series

HLA’s new video clip series “Not Too Seriously” has found its audience in social media – now the short and humorous takes can be watched also on our Vimeo account. When one fair after another was cancelled this spring, we thought to keep the wheels turning in other ways. The result is a series of …

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, 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.

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 for Art House Publishing, scouring the book fairs and bringing the works of wonderful authors to the reach of the Finnish audience. As a pastime Urpu has for years been teaching editing, writing and how to popularize 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)

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

Urpu Strellman
Literary Agent, CEO
M +358 40 737 5535

Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Junior Literary Agent

Exclusive co-agents:

Vikings of Brazil | Pasi Loman

Grayhawk Agency | Clare Chi

Tuttle-Mori Agency | Ken Mori

Momo Agency | Geenie Han

Book/lab | Pjotr Wawrzenczyk

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

Kalem Agency | Nazli Gürkas

Helsinki Literary Agency
Snellmaninkatu 13
00170 Helsinki

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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.