About the grants
The Book Department of the Cultural Services works to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French works. We oversee three grant programs to help publishers and translators with acquisition of rights cost and translation cost.
The deadline for French Voice Award, Hemingway Grant and Acquisition of Rights program is January 23, 2017 for the first session and May 15, 2017 for the second session.
SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN PUBLISHERS
The French Ministry of Culture, the Institut Francais, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy offer aid to American publishers seeking to translate works from French to English.
SUPPORT FOR TRANSLATORS
The French Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, La Villa Gillet, and the PEN American Center offer grants and residencies for translators.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French-American Foundation and PEN American Center award translation prizes for fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
GRANTS FOR PUBLISHERS
The Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy works with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), the Institut français and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French fiction and non-fiction. To that effect, it provides a range of grants and awards. It oversees three bi-annual programs concerning translations from French into English of works that have not yet been published in the United States. All these grants are awarded to fiction and non fiction translations (including comic books and digital books).
3) FRENCH VOICES
French Voices Award
2013 marks the transformation of the French Voices Program into an award dedicated to translators and American publishers. A detailed description of the award and application procedure are available under PRIZES (See in the "Further official information" link below this announcement).
4) HEMINGWAY GRANT
The Hemingway Grant allows publishers to receive financial help for the translation and publication of a French work into English. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Book Department of the French Embassy in the United States. Hemingway Grants are awarded to projects not already supported by the Centre national du livre and /or by the French Voices Award. Grants awarded for each work range from $500 to $3,000.
Terms & Conditions
American Publishers can apply for the Hemingway Grant for any translation project of a French title that has not yet been published in the United States. For titles published after 2006, please note that if the book is not selected for the French Voices Award, then it will automatically be considered for a Hemingway Grant.
NEW: Please note that we now welcome applications from American publishers before the acquisition of rights contracts are finalized. In this case, American publishers will have a limited time to sign a contract with the French publisher after receiving a positive answer. If contracts are not signed within that window of time, the grant will be allotted to another applicant. If you are hesitant about publishing a book due to a lack of funding, we hope the Hemingway Grant will be a determining factor in your decision to publish the book.
The online application form is already available.
To be considered, applications should be completed online by January 23, 2017 for the first session and May 15, 2017 for the second session.
- Completed online application form
- Two copies of the book in French
- Sample translation (Excerpt in French and English)
- Letter from the French publishing house certifying that the rights are available (or a copy of the contract with the French publisher regarding transfer of rights)
- A copy of the translator’s résumé
Please note that if you are selected to receive a Hemingway Grant you will be asked to provide additional documents.
For more information click "Further official information" below.