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!


The Skeleton sold to Latvia | 3rd foreign sale for the title

Thrilling news for our children’s list: The Skeleton by Malin Klingenberg and Maria Sann has been sold to Latvia, where it will be published by Zvaigzne ABC. This marks the 3rd foreign sale for the title, which has previously been sold to Korea and to World Dutch. The book follows Theo, who is not fond …

Beasts of the Sea pre-empted in Germany by Fischer

Iida Turpeinen’s debut novel Beasts of the Sea, praised in reviews as“world-class literature”, has been pre-empted in Germany just three weeks after its publication in Finland. Iida Turpeinen’s debut novel Beasts of the Sea  is quickly becoming the literary phenomenon of autumn 2023 in Finland. The novel was published in the first week of September, …

Trailer for Raspberry Hill available | Variety feature

Spooky season is almost upon us and this year it’s extra special. That’s because Raspberry Hill, the mini series based on The Mystery Of Raspberry Hill – a thrilling title for middle grade readers by Eva Frantz, already sold to seven territories and counting – is about to drop, and the trailer is already out. …

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.


Viivi Arela 
CEO, Literary Agent

Viivi Arela
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Urpu Strellman
Agent at Large

Urpu Strellman
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Chiara Stanziani
Literary Agent

Chiara Stanziani
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Podcast Producer

Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Anastasia Basova

Anastasia Basova
Photo: Juho Sallinen


Our family of agents, representing us exclusively around the globe:

(Image from the Finlandia Junior Prize winning Lost Key by Sanna Mander)

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
00260 Helsinki

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