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French Voices Award

Grants and Awards to USA Authors, Translators, Agents,
and Publishers for Translation of French Literature

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FACE Foundation and Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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Grants and awards to USA publishers, translators, authors, and literary agents for the translation and subsequent publication of French literary works for English-speaking audiences. Funding will be awarded for both fiction and nonfiction works, as well as for poetry, children's books, and comic books.

The Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy works with FACE Foundation, 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 of these are awarded to fiction and nonfiction translations (including comic books, poetry and digital books).

  • The French Voices Award honors both translators and American publishers for English translations of works that have been published in France in the last 6 years. Award recipients are selected by a literary committee. 
  • Furthermore, the French Voices Committee will now choose a Grand Prize Winner each year. 
  • The Hemingway Grant program 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. 
  • The Acquisition of Rights Program helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Institut français in Paris. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 179274

Estimated Size of Grant:

- French Voices Award: Each book receives a $6,000 award ($4,000 to cover the preface and the publishing costs and a $2,000 non-negotiable bonus to be allocated to the translator; and respectively $5,000 and $1,000 in case of a comic book or picture book).
- French Voices Award Grand Prize: The winner will receive $10,000 in total ($6,000 to cover the preface and the publishing costs and a $4,000 non-negotiable bonus to be allocated to the translator; and respectively $7,000 and $3,000 in case of a comic book or picture book).
- Hemingway Grant: Grants awarded for each work range from $500 to $3,000.
- Acquisition of Rights: The amount awarded cannot exceed the amount of the advance paid to the French publisher for the acquisition of rights and varies from 500 to 7,000 Euros.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

If the French book was published before 2014:
- Your application will be considered for a Hemingway Grant.
- American publishers can submit the application prior to signing a contract with the French publisher.
- Only American publishers may apply.

If the French book was published in the last six years (2014 or later):
- Your application will be considered for a French Voices Award.
- It may also be considered within the Hemingway Grant program, for which no additional procedure on your part is necessary.
- Authors, agents, translators, and French and American publishers may apply for the French Voices Award.

Acquisition of Rights program.
- You can apply for this grant alone or in addition to the French Voices or Hemingway Grant program. If you are interested in applying for this grant, please be sure to specify it when prompted.
- Only projects under contract are eligible for the Acquisition of Rights program.
- Only American publishers may apply. If you’re planning to apply, you are advised to ask the French publisher for a postponed payment for the acquisition of rights. Indeed, you can not apply if the French Publisher has already received payment for the advance specified in the acquisition of rights contract.

Submissions of works by authors who have already received a French Voices grant will not be considered for the French Voices Awards, but will be taken into consideration for the Hemingway Grant.

For translators’ submissions, preference will be given to authors who have never been published in English.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the 2021 Spring session is May 15, 2021

- Awards for the Fall session to be announced in September of the following year.
- Awards for the Spring session to be announced in March the following year.
- Answer for the Acquisition of Rights will be sent in September for the spring session and in February of the following year for the Fall session.
- Hemingway Grant: Selected applicants will receive an email requesting several documents, to be sent within two weeks in order to receive the grant payment. If a publisher doesn’t send the document within this time frame, the grant will be allocated to another project. Rejection letters will be sent each year in January.



Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Submit additional documentation to:
Acquisition of Rights / Book Department
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Direct questions to:
Book Department
Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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