Institut Ramon LLull

IRL Fellowship

Targeted at International Publishers and Agents

September 8th – 13th 2019

This 2019 the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) is organising the 18th edition of its fellowship targeted at international publishers and agents held in Barcelona during the 37th edition of the Setmana del Llibre en Català (Books in Catalan Week).


First launched in 2007, when the Catalan Culture was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the project was conceived to foster the translation of Catalan works into other markets and languages. Since then, over 155 professionals from 32 countries have participated in this fellowship.


The programme aims to provide the participants with a more in-depth perspective on the Catalan literature as well as to build networks among Catalan and international publishing houses and literary agencies.


The fellowship runs along with the Books in Catalan Week in Barcelona. During these days, the publishers, bookstores and librarians take the streets and the city beats with literature as many talks, workshops and activities are scheduled to celebrate books in Catalan in the heart of the Old Town.

The fellowship offers a customised schedule of professional 30’ meetings with Catalan publishers and agents selected in accordance with the participant’s catalogues and interests. The programme also features introductory sessions on Catalan literature; an overview of the Catalan literary publishing world; informal meetings with writers, illustrators and translators; visits to emblematic bookstores and to other outstanding cultural sites.

This year, the IRL invites 10 Fiction publishers/agents and 8 children’s and YA’s books publishers/agents. In order to optimise their experience, the programme includes both common activities and specific initiatives related to each focus of interest.


Travel, accommodation and expenses related to the fellowship programme will be covered by the IRL.


The following criteria are considered to select the candidates: country and catalogue of the publishing house, Catalan authors published and reasons for applying.

The selected publishers and agents will be announced before the 15th May 2019.

How to apply?

1. Accreditation (username and password) is required for foreign citizens without tax residency in Spain in order to handle electronic procedures with the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL). Applicants will receive an email notification with username and password within a maximum of 72 hours. The Institut Ramon LLull will validate the documents to verify the identity of the petitioner. Accreditation is valid for five years starting from the date on which username and password are communicated by email.

Please take into account that you should request your accreditation at least 48 hours before the application deadline.

2. Please fill in and send the on-line form to the Institut Ramon Llull.

The deadline for applications is 30th April 2019. 


Previous year’s participants



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