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Good writing knows no boundaries.

The IV Programme provides a valuable cultural and economic exchange between Canada’s publishing community and some of the most influential publishing figures from around the world. Since its inception in 2008, the IV Programme has generated visibility and marketability for Canadian literature abroad, by introducing international publishers to the Canadian literary scene, and strengthening relationships with international counterparts that have led to new business development initiatives and the creation of new literary works.

The IV Programme takes place every fall during the Toronto International Festival of Authors—Canada’s longest-running literary festival and one of the largest in the world—over the course of several days of structured inter-industry dialogue and events. Activities are led by distinguished professionals and include quick pitch meetings that lead to rights acquisitions of Canadian works, networking opportunities, as well as presentations on such topics as negotiation, industry trends and changes, international rights and niche publishing. Modelled on similar successful programmes in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the UK, the IV Programme operates as an informal rights fair, providing Canadian authors, publishers and agents an unprecedented opportunity in securing international rights and distribution deals. Over 300 fellows have taken part in the programme. See the fellows from 2020–2022 here.

The 16th edition of the IV Programme will take place September 25–29, 2023.

2023 Fellowship Call for Applications

Application period: February 13 – April 30, 2023


The programme is open to Canadian and international mid-level publishing professionals (minimum three years of experience) who work with, or are interested in working with, Canadian authors and publishers. This includes editors who acquire Canadian titles for their territory (as opposed to editors wishing to sell rights into the Canadian market), literary agents who represent Canadian authors in their territory and scouts who cover Canada as part of their role.

Application requirements:

  • Current resumé
  • For International Fellows: A one-page letter outlining: your current job role and experience in publishing, your specific areas of editorial interest, the names of Canadian books you have published and/or Canadian authors you have worked with, and your reasons for applying to the IV Programme this year.
  • For Canadian Fellows: must be currently working in Canada in editorial, subsidiary rights, or within literary agencies. Must include a letter of recommendation from a senior industry professional.

Successful applicants will be notified in June 2023. The confirmed 2023 Fellows will be announced publicly in August. Fellows will be brought to Toronto, Canada for September 25–29, 2023.

How to Apply:

Complete the online application form by April 30, 2023. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Application Form

IV Programme Committee

  • Carolyn Forde (Chair), Partner, Senior Literary Agent & International Rights Director, Transatlantic Agency
  • Emily Ferko, Sales and Rights Director, ECW Press
  • Olga Filina, Literary Agent, Five Otter Literary
  • Maria Golikova, Senior Managing Editor, Doubleday Canada, Penguin Random House Canada
  • Roland Gulliver, Director, Toronto International Festival of Authors
  • Jennifer Lambert, Senior Editorial Director, HarperCollins Canada
  • Hazel Millar, Co-publisher, Book*Hug Press
  • Jay MillAr, Co-publisher, Book*Hug Press
  • Christine Saratsiotis, Deputy Director, Toronto International Festival of Authors
  • Synora Van Drine, Sales Manager, Portage & Main Press

The IV Programme is gratefully supported by:

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