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!


Dutch rights sold for the Cotton Mill Trilogy

Exciting news for the Finnish adult fiction: Dutch publisher Meulenhoff has just acquired the rights to Ann-Christin Antell‘s well-loved Cotton Mill Trilogy. Meulenhoff is a leading international Dutch publisher of modern Dutch and translated novels, literary non-fiction, books on art and science, autobiographies, philosophy, journalism and poetry., with a long tradition of bringing high-quality and …

Czech rights for Anni Kytömäki’s Goldheart sold

Fantastic news for the Finnish adult fiction: Czech publisher Bourdon has just acquire the rights to Anni Kytömäki’s masterpiece Goldheart. Bourdon is a young, energetic publishing house that publishes original and translated literature in the fields of contemporary fiction, popular science, and others. Goldheart, Kytömäki’s outstanding debut novel, is set in 1917, the year of …

Nights Express sold to South Korea; 8 territories altogether

More sales news after our fruitful trip to South Korea this spring: Korean Studies Information (KSI) has acquired Karin Erlandsson’s beautiful children’s novel for the middle-grade readers, Night Express. KSI focuses on publishing children’s picture books that promote self-searching, independence, family love, environment, and diversity, among other themes. The publisher has recently acquired another title …

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 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.

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


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

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Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Literary Agent

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Viivi Arela 
Literary Agent

Exclusive co-agents:

Literary Sapiens | Ali Arabzadeh

Grayhawk Agency | Clare Chi

Eastern and Central Europe
Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine
Agentia Literara Livia Stoia | Oana Vasile

Ersilia Literary Agency | Avgi Daferera

Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency | Maura Solinas

Book/lab | Pjotr Wawrzenczyk

Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese
Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency | Marina Penalva

Anatolia Literary Agency | Amy Spangler

Helsinki Literary Agency
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 13 B 15 a
00260 Helsinki

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