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!


More children’s books sales in January

January was busy busy busy regarding foreign rights sales: foreign publishers clearly had the time to read during the holidays, and offers started pouring immediately after the new year. The big hot title of the month of January was, of course, the Finlandia Junior winner, illustrated children’s novel A Giraffe’s Heart Is Unbelievably Large, by …

The Rat Saint and Heavensong now sold to Hungary

We are happy to share that two wonderful fiction titles have now found publishers in Hungary: Anneli Kanto’s 2021 sensation, novel The Rat Saint, was acquired by Metropolis Media, while Pauliina Rauhala’s bestselling novel Heavensong (2013) was sold to Luther. Metropolis is a publisher of strong literary fiction, and has in the recent years acquired …

4-book deal for Bordertown series in Poland

Lovely news from lovely Poland! Virtualo has now acquired the right to all four parts in J. M. Ilves’s crime series Bordertown. Virtualo is a digital books platform which belongs to Empik, the biggest commercial chain selling books, international press and media products in Poland. They will be primarily focusing on releasing the series in …

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

Helsinki Literary Agency is headed by Urpu Strellman (b. 1979). She has worked in publishing for over 15 years, longest as an editor and a publishing manager. In the beginning of 2017 she started to work at the then brand new Helsinki Literary Agency. For years she has also been teaching editing, writing and how to popularize science. She has co-authored “The Nonfiction Writer’s Book” and another nonfiction book about writing with influence. Most recently she has published a guide about selling nonfiction rights abroad (so watch out, world – Finnish nonfiction is soon coming to you!). 

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Urtė Liepuoniūtė
Literary Agent

With a colourful past from bartending on the top of the Canadian Rockies to working for the EU Commission, Urtė (b. 1991) eventually joined the agency in the beginning of 2019, and in addition to selling rights is also in charge of newsletters, social media and communications. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Helsinki, majoring in Finnish language and culture. On the side, she is a literary translator, whose work has been awarded and enlisted amongst the best translations of the year a few years in a row. 

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Kai Aareleid
Literary Agent

Kai Aareleid (b. 1972) has a background in the book world since early 2000s. A prolific literary translator from Spanish and Finnish, she has worked as a publisher and copy editor in Loomingu Raamatukogu Publishers, Estonia and has mentored emerging translators as well as taught translation courses. Wearing her writer’s hat, she is author of 1 book of drama, 2 books of poetry and 3 books of prose. Her works have won literary prizes, have been shortlisted for a number of awards and translated into several languages. As a true cosmopolite, she lived in Tartu, Tallinn, Helsinki, Mexico City, Riga and St Petersburg. She is currently sharing her life between Tallinn, Helsinki and a North-Estonian fishing village.

Photo: Ida Stenros

Viivi Arela 
Literary Agent

Viivi Arela (b. 1983) joined the agency in July 2020. A brand strategist with years of experience in marketing and sales, her focus is on strengthening the visibility and reach of the agency’s authors and titles in international markets. Viivi is a passionate advocate of reading and determined to bring Finnish literature to even larger audiences abroad.

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

Tuttle-Mori Agency | Ken Mori, Fumika Ogihara

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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