The Frankfurter Buchmesse Invitation Programme allows 20 publishers from developing book markets to present themselves and to engage in international networking at Frankfurter Buchmesse from 14 to 18 October 2020. The programme, taking place from 8 to 18 October 2020 in Frankfurt, is aimed at small, independent publishers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Arab world and Eastern Europe. This year’s programme will put children’s publishing into focus, encouraging children’s book publishers from developing book markets to apply. Candidates for the programme should have a good level of English; the application deadline is 30 April.
The carefully selected guests receive a free stand at the book fair, and their travel and accommodation costs are covered. Before the fair begins, programme participants take part in a two-and-a-half-day seminar. The programme is funded by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the German Federal Foreign Office.
Deborah Ahenkorah, chief executive officer and publisher of African Bureau Stories (Ghana) and participant in the 2019 Invitation Programme says; “Being part of the invitation programme was a real eye-opener and gave me an inside look into how the business of international publishing works. The programme opened the door wide to massive opportunities for a small publisher like us to play in the big leagues – what a rewarding experience!”