Norwegian Writers for Children (NBU)

Founded in 1947, NBU has 369 members. The association organises authors who write fiction for children and young people.

NBU’s main responsibility is to safeguard the professional and financial interests of
writers of books for children and young people, to defend copyright rights, conclude
agreements that give these writers social and financial security, defend freedom
of speech, protect moral rights and protect writers who become embroiled in work-
related conflicts with the authorities. Writers who are not members of the association and their heirs are entitled to the professional assistance of the association.

NBU concludes agreements with the publishers’ organizations on standard contracts, agent contracts, cheap edition contracts, and anthology contracts. NBU also has agreements with book clubs, The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs. NBU is a member of the Nordic Writers’ and Translators’ Council and the European Writers´ Council.

One important task for NBU is to make literature for children and young people visible to the general public.

To qualify for membership, writers must have written at least two books for children or young people. The books shall maintain an artistic standard, and be judged without prejudice to whether they are written in Norwegian, Sami or a foreign language. The same criteria apply to Norwegian nationals living aboard.

Membership services

  • distributes a tax memo including guidelines on how to fill in tax returns.
  • endeavours to help members in a difficult financial situation.
  • arranges at least two meetings for members each year.
  • offers members over the age of 67 lifetime membership and full membership rights free of charge.
  • keeps members informed about current negotiations and other matters important to the association.

For further details, please contact us:

Norwegian Writers for Children
P.O. Box 1898 Vika
NO-0124 Oslo

Visiting Address: Kronprinsens gate 17, Oslo
E-mail: [sekreatriat@nbuforfattere.no] or [leder@nbuforfattere.no]
Phone: (+47) 22 47 85 70


Ansvarlig redaktør: Alexander Løken
Redaktør: Elin Hansson

E-post: sekretariat@nbuforfattere.no

Telefon: (+47) 22 47 85 70

Postadresse: Postboks 1898 Vika, 0124 Oslo