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

The Book of Misty Trees awarded the LukuVarkaus Prize

The Book of Misty Trees by Anja Portin, author of international best-selling title Radio Popov, has been awarded the LukuVarkaus Prize. Anja Portin‘s latest work, The Book of Misty Trees, has been awarded the LukuVarkaus Prize during the Vekara-Varkaus festival week, dedicated to children’s literature. The final decision on the winner of the prize was …

Urpu Strellman leaves the Helsinki Literary Agency to run her own publishing house – Urtė Liepuoniūtė to return as senior literary agent

The Helsinki Literary Agency is happy to share some exciting news for our team members. Urpu Strellman, who has been working in Helsinki Literary Agency (HLA) since its founding in 2017, first as CEO and from 2023 as agent-at-large, will move on to run the publishing house Art House she has today acquired. Urtė Liepuoniūtė returns to …

Author Johanna Förster discussed The Circus of Dreams at the LANU! Children’s and YA literature festival

Author Johanna Förster, who debuted with The Circus of Dreams this spring, participated in a literature panel during the LANU! Children’s and YA literature festival in Helsinki. The topic of the panel was “Fantasy of Alternative Realities”, and Johanna Förster discussed the dystopic future she built for The Circus of Dreams. The conversation, where Johanna …

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
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:

Viivi Arela 
CEO, Literary Agent
viivi@helsinkiagency.fi

Viivi Arela
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Urpu Strellman
Agent at Large
urpu@helsinkiagency.fi

Urpu Strellman
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Chiara Stanziani
Literary Agent
chiara@helsinkiagency.fi

Chiara Stanziani
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Podcast Producer
podcast@helsinkiagency.fi

Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Anastasia Basova
Assistant
assistant@helsinkiagency.fi

Anastasia Basova
Photo: Juho Sallinen

Royalties
royalties@helsinkiagency.fi

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

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

Children’s books
Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Swedish
Booksmugglers Agency | Benas Berantas
benas@booksmugglersagency.com

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

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
oana.vasile@liviastoiaagency.ro

France and Italy (selected titles only)
Nordik Literary Agency | Anna Lindblom
anna@nordikagency.com

Greece
Ersilia Literary Agency | Avgi Daferera
childrensbooks@ersilialit.com

Korea
Amo Agency | Eunsu Suya Lee
amonoh@gmail.com 

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

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

Turkey
Anatolia Literary Agency | Amy Spangler
amy@anatolialit.com

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00530 Helsinki
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