NORLA's activities to promote the export of Norwegian literature


December 22 2017-January 02

Holiday hours at NORLA

Jul 1.plass per10

At NORLA we will close for the Christmas holiday Friday afternoon, December 22.
The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

January 02

Application deadline: Author and lecturer visits to institutions of higher learning abroad

NORLA administrates the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ scheme for travel grants for authors and lecturers who will visit institutions of higher learning abroad where instruction is given in the Norwegian language.
Read more here.

January 16-January 19

NORLA to meet Nordic colleagues in Reykjavik, Iceland


Several of NORLA’s staff will be out of office January 16-19, attending a seminar with our Nordic colleagues.
The employees at the Nordic literary offices meet annually, and this year the meeting will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland.

We look forward to exchanging experiences and future plans with our colleagues!

The Nordic literary offices all administer The Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding scheme for the translation of literature and drama from one Nordic language to another. Read more about the scheme here.

January 22-January 25

Fiction publishers to Norway

NORLA received the sixth group of international publishers who were in Norway to be introduced to Norwegian writers and the Norwegian book industry. This time we invited publishers from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. The publishers saw a large number of presentations and returned home with many positive impressions and experiences – inspired to discover new authors.

January 23-January 24

Children’s Books Salon in New York City

2018.01 flick bu 2017

The New York office of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, together with Publishing Perspectives, will host the first two-day Children’s Books Salon in New York City.

The aim of the salon is to build a platform where international children’s book publishers can meet each other in person, strengthen their international relationships, learn about new titles, and discuss issues specific to the children’s book market.
Hege Langrusten and Dina Roll-Hansen participate from NORLA.

Read more about the exciting event here.

And read interviews with some of the international participants here.

January 24-January 29

Jaipur Literary Festival, India

2018 jaipur nordic lights

NORLA is present at the Jaipur Literary Festival!
This is said to be the world’s largest free literary festival, with an overwhelming number of writers, participants and audience from India and all the rest of the world. This year the Nordic countries are especially invited, and a number of Nordic writers will participate. From Norway Odd Harald Hauge is coming, on the occasion that Yatra books publishes his crime novel Everest in English, translated by Siân Mackie.

A sideprogram at the festival is BookMark, where publishers and book business people from all over India and the rest of the world meet to discuss issues relevant for the business. There will also be opportunity to present Norwegian books and authors to the Indian publishing industry.
BookMark is supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Delhi, and Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg and others from the embassy will be present.

February 01

Application deadline: Translation subsidy for Norwegian non-fiction

Read more about the translation subsidy for Norwegian non-fiction here.

Foreign publishers may also apply for production subsidies for the publication of Norwegian non-fiction containing a large number of illustrations or with exceptionally demanding technical production requirements.
Read more about the scheme here.

February 05-February 06

The third author group in NORLA’s talent program “New Voices” begin their semester


On Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of February, the spring participants of NORLA’s New Voice program will meet for the first time. They are Lotta Elstad, Lars Petter Sveen, Øystein Morten, Heidi Sævareid and Gudrun Skretting. The five authors will receive a good introduction to presentation techniques from translator and actor Erik Skuggevik before being thrown into meetings with translators, audiences and publishers across large parts of Europe throughout the spring.

Get to know the authors better here.

February 05-February 07

See and Read! Children's Literature Conference in Bergen, Norway

2018 se og les bergen

Norway is the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2019.
Who are we, when we present Norwegian children’s and youth literature in Frankfurt? And who reads what, and where, tomorrow?
On February the 7th, Andrine Pollen is leading a panel discussion with literary agent Evy Tillman (Oslo Literary Agency), the authors Taran L. Bjørnstad and Endre Lund Eriksen, as well as their translator Maike Dörries from Germany.

Read more at the conference’s web pages (in Norwegian only).

February 06-February 09

German non-fiction publishers to Oslo

A group of seven German non-fiction publishers come to Norway 6th-9th of February.
The group will receive a broad introduction to the Norwegian non-fiction book industry, and will be presented to a number of authors, editors and agents.

We very much look forward to this!

February 15

Application deadline: NORLA's Translators hotel spring 2018


February 15 is the application deadline for translators of Norwegian literature regarding stays at NORLA’s Translators hotel spring 2018 (weeks 16-17, i.e. as of Monday April 16th through Sunday April 29th).
Please note that the offer is only available for translators who translate directly from Norwegian.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have in previous years contributed towards the scheme.

Read more (in Norwegian) here.

February 15

Frankfurt 2019 and the Norwegian travel and tourism industry

Innovation Norway and NORLA invite the Norwegian travel and tourism industry to a meeting to discuss the opportunities the Guest of Honour project provides to the industry in the German market.

March 01

Application deadline: NORLA’s development programme for new literary voices

NORLA hereby invites the editorial staffs of all publishing houses in Norway to nominate candidates for the fourth group of authors in our development program “New Voices”.
The programme forms part of the commitment to Frankfurt 2019, where an important objective is to develop new writers’ voices.
The programme is funded by Talent Norway and The Norwegian Publishers Association, while NORLA is responsible for its implementation.

Read more here.

March 13

Meeting of NORLA’s committee of experts for non-fiction

Meeting of NORLA’s committee of experts for non-fiction (for the consideration of applications for translation subsidies with deadline 1 February).

Read more about the translation subsidy here.

March 14

NORLA to the Norwegian Library Association's annual library meeting, Sandefjord

2018 bibliomøte

Andrine Pollen is a contributor during the seminar: “Frankfurt 2019 – About Norwegian Literature Abroad.”
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest book fair. in 2019, Norway will be the Guest of Honour and Norwegian literature from all genres will be showcased all over Germany throughout the year. NORLA, Norwegian Literature Abroad, promotes Norwegian literary education through active promotional work and support for translation, and is responsible for implementing the Norwegian Guest of Honour project.
Come and hear more about Norwegian literature as seen from the outside!

More information in Norwegian here.

March 15

Application deadline: Sample translation of Norwegian literature

Publishers, agents and translators abroad and in Norway can apply to NORLA for subsidies for sample translations.
Read more here.

NOTE that agents and publishers in Norway can also apply to NORLA, for support for extended sample translations; made possible by funds from the Ministry of Culture as a step towards making Norwegian literature exports an industry.

Translators of Norwegian literature may also apply to NORLA for subsidies for sample translations from books of interest. For translators, there are no application deadlines.
Read more (in Norwegian) here.

March 17-March 21

NORLA goes to Paris

2018.02 flickr french covers

On March 17-19 the book fair Paris Livre takes place. On March 19 there will be arranged a seminar on theatre, where among others Johan Harstad will participate. On March 20, NORLA arranges a publishers’seminar in cooperation with the Norwegian embassy. Anne Cathrine Straume from Norwegian public broadcasting will talk about Norwegian contemporary literature, and Johan Harsted, Helga Flatland, Simen Ekern and Ylva Østby will present their latest books. Norwegian agents will also be present.

The next day, Wednesday March 21, there will be a seminar for translatos and students at the Sorbonne. The same lecturer and authors will be present, and editor-in-chief Eva Bredin from JC Lattès will join in to talk about how she works together with the translators.

March 26-March 29

NORLA at the Bologna Book Fair

Bologna 2017

NORLA is participating at the children’s book fair in Bologna, Italy. This year, for the first time, the Norwegian book industry will be assembled at one large stand at the book fair. Welcome to Hall 21-A51!
Contact us if you wish to arrange a meeting.

See our selected spring titles for children and young adults

March 28

Deadline: Open architectural competition: Norway’s pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

Paviljongutlysning forum 2011 da island var gjesteland foto thorsteinn j. vilhjalmson

The open architectural competition for the design of Norway’s pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019. The competition has been arranged by NORLA, in cooperation with DOGA. The Norwegian Association of National Architects (NAL) are assisting NORLA throughout the competition and will assume the role of competition officer and legal secretary in addition to quality assurance of the competition program itself.

The deadline is 28th of March, at 15:00 (Norwegian time).

March 28-April 02

NORLA's offices are closed for Easter until Tuesday April 3

08.pÅske 3.plass per ski

NORLA’s offices are closed for Easter as of Wednesday March 28.
We open again Tuesday April 3.

Happy Easter!

April 01

Application deadline: Translation subsidy for Norwegian fiction

Read more about the translation subsidy for Norwegian fiction here.

Foreign publishers may also apply for production subsidies for children’s and young adult’s picture books by Norwegian authors and illustrators.
Read more about the scheme here.

April 01

Deadline: Nominate candidates for NORLA’s Translator's Award 2018

Pokal gylden

NORLA annually hands out an award to a translator of Norwegian literature. The award is given for translations directly from Norwegian.
In 2018, the award will be given to a talented young translator of non-fiction as an encouragement towards continued efforts.

We would very much like to hear from you about deserving candidates!

April 10-April 12

NORLA to the London Book Fair

2018 london book fair

NORLA will be attending the London Book Fair at Olympia 10th-12th. April and, as before, we can be found at the Norwegian stand: 6F70.
We look forward to meeting both established and new contacts. Please contact us to book meetings!

April 16-April 29

New season at NORLA’s Translators Hotel


We are looking forward to welcoming four new translators of Norwegian literature to NORLA’s Translators Hotel in Oslo, at Hotell Bondeheimen.
This spring is the eighth season of our popular programme.

Read more about NORLA’s translators hotel and previous guests here.

April 26-April 29

Norwegian authors to Montreal and book trade event in Canada

2018 blue metropolis festival canada

Authors Morten A. Strøksnes, Torkil Damhaug and Heidi Sævareid will be guests at The Nordic Spring Literary Program at the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal, Canada. NORLA is also hosting a Norwegian-Canadian literary event on April the 26th, in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy, Livres Canada Books and the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival.

Visit the Blue Metropolis Festival’s website.

May 03

Meeting of NORLA’s committee of experts for fiction

Meeting of NORLA’s committee of experts for fiction (for the consideration of applications for translation subsidies with deadline 1 April).

Read more about the translation subsidy here.

May 15

Project support for participation in the Frankfurt project’s culture program

Norwegian artists or persons engaged in the cultural sector can now apply to NORLA for project support for participation in the cultural program. The project must have a grounding within Germany.

Read more in Norwegian here.

May 29-June 01

NORLA to the New York Rights Fair

2018 new york rights fair

At the end of May the first ever New York Rights Fair will take place. NORLA will be present at a Nordic stand along with with our sister organizations (the NordLit network).
On May 29th NORLA will host a book publishers meeting at the residence of the Norwegian Consul General where three authors of children and young adult literature will present themselves and their books. We look forward to introduce Kari Stai, Bjørn F. Rørvik and Ingunn Thon for American publishers.

Read more about the The International Adult & Children’s Content & Licensing Marketplace here.

May 29-June 03

NORLA’s activities during the Norwegian Literature Festival in Lillehammer

2018 norsk litt.festival lillehammer logo svart uten bakgrunn web liten 2

International publishing seminar
NORLA and The Norwegian Publishers’ Association annually invite foreign publishers to a seminar on Norwegian literature during the Norwegian Literature Festival. Interest in travelling to Oslo and Lillehammer is increasing; and this year, fiction publishers from France, the Netherlands, Poland and English-speaking countries have been invited. On day one, the publishers will meet Norwegian colleagues in Oslo. The day after, they will visit several of the central Norwegian publishers before catching the train to Lillehammer. In addition to a cultural program, they will also see presentations from a number of current Norwegian fiction writers. The seminar is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Translator seminar

May 30-June 06

Translator seminar / book fair in Kiev and Lviv

Between 30th May and 6th June, NORLA will be in Ukraine together with two of spring’s “New Voices.” At the book fair in Kiev we will participate in several events about literary collaboration, Gudrun Skretting will present his hot new translation to Ukrainian and Øystein Morten will lecture on Norwegian Vikings in the Kiev Empire. After Kiev, we are all traveling on to host a translation seminar in Lviv, where there is an active university environment and many Norwegian translators.
The visit is being organised in cooperation with the Norwegian embassy in Kiev.

June 01

Application deadline: Translation subsidy for Norwegian non-fiction

Read more about the translation subsidy for Norwegian non-fiction here.

Foreign publishers may also apply for production subsidies for the publication of Norwegian non-fiction containing a large number of illustrations or with exceptionally demanding technical production requirements.
Read more about the scheme here.

June 03-June 06

Translator Workshop, Cluj

NORLA’s Margit Walsø and author Lotta Elstad are participating in a translation workshop at the University of Cluj, Romania, where there is an active Norwegian community.

Lotta Elstad is one of five writers participating in NORLA’s “New Voices” program this spring.
Read more about her “here”:

Full information about NORLA’s “New Voices” program can be found here.

June 06-June 08

Lecturers’ Meeting, Kiel

Every year, NORLA contributes to around 30 author and lecturer visits to foreign universities which teach Norwegian. No other country has as many centres of higher education, teaching Norwegian, as Germany. This June in Kiel, all of Germany’s Norwegian lecturers will meet for a large conference. NORLA will be participating in order to inform those present about our commitments in Germany over the next two of years.

June 11-June 15

Norwegian-Finnish Agent Exchange

2018 flag pins norway finland

The intriguing title Finnish-Norwegian agent exchange is not the name on a novel by Le Carré, but a cooperating project between NORLA and FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange. Norwegian literary agents can apply for a two days stay in Helsinki, where they can meet Finnish publishers who are interested in Norwegian books. Finnish agents can go on a similar trip to Oslo.
The visit in Helsinki will take place on June 11-12, the visit in Oslo on June 14-15.

Norwegian authors abroad

March 15-March 18

Leipzig Book Fair offers meeting with many Norwegian writers and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Leipziger buchmesse

Between the 15th and 18th of March, no less than thirteen Norwegian authors will take part in the Leipzig Book Fair. Meet the authors and NORLA at the Norwegian stand in Hall 4 C400!
This year Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit will also visit the Leipzig Book Fair, as ambassador for Norwegian literature abroad

See the complete Norwegian program here.