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Publishing Grants and Prizes

The Book Department of the French Embassy’s Cultural Services works to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French works. They oversee three grant programs to help publishers and translators with acquisition of rights cost and translation cost.

Grants 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.

Translation prizes

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 French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation), the Institut français and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote French and Francophone literature as well as 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). 

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