Open Call: Editors Trip to Indonesia

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Are you a publisher of writing in translation? Join us on a trip to Jakarta and Makassar Writers Festival!

The British Council are supporting 4 UK commissioning editors to travel to Indonesia for a scoping and study trip in May 2018.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for UK publishers and editors to learn about Indonesian literature, showcase literature from the UK, gain insights into the market and build long-lasting relationships with their counterparts at Indonesian publishing houses.

PROGRAMME DATES:  29 April – 7 May 2018


  • Increase mutual understanding of publishing and literature sectors in the UK and Indonesia
  • Create strong and enduring relationships between editors in Indonesia and the UK
  • Build appreciation for Indonesian literature among UK editors
  • Identify opportunities Indonesian writers to be translated into English and lay foundations for rights sales to be made
  • Identify challenges and obstacles to promote literature exchanges between the UK and Indonesia
  • Create networking opportunities for literature professionals from both countries


The programme will aim to introduce delegates to the world of Indonesian literature and publishing. During the trip the publishers will visit Jakarta and Makassar. The trip will include meetings with Indonesian editors and rights professionals, writers and festival programmers. Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet with Indonesian literary critics, writers and translators from the broader literary community. The trip will take place during the Makassar International Writers’ festival (


  • Submit 200-300 words written feedback for internal use after the trip, and provide 2-3 updates on outcomes when requested by the British Council.
  • Write a 500-800 word blog or article on your experience for either the trade press or BC websites. The placement of your blog/article will be discussed with the British Council before your departure.
  • Prepare for the trip with some background reading on Indonesian literature as provided by the British Council.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and give advice based on your publishing expertise while on the trip.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Tuesday 3 April 2018

This application is open to any commissioning editor of fiction or literary non-fiction from a UK-based publishing house whose list includes literature in translation.

Please submit the attached form, along with a 500 word statement that covers the following points:

  • Your company’s interest in Indonesia / Indonesian literature in translation
  • Examples of works commissioned from Indonesia / in translation
  • Your professional objectives for the trip

Download the application form and full details

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