4 Jun 2019, 11:00AM
The call was published on
17 Apr 2019
This funding opportunity supports publishers and publishing houses and enables the translation of literary work from one European language to another. The fund aims to support cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe, promote the transnational circulation of high quality literary works, as well as to improve access to these literary works so that they can reach new audiences.
Eligible costs include the translation, production and promotion of European fiction, including novels, short stories, children's fiction, comics/graphic novels, poetry and plays. Under-represented genres are particularly favoured.
The translation of books for which the authors have won the EU Prize for Literature is particularly encouraged. Full backlist viewable: www.euprizeliterature.eu
You can apply with the following conditions:
- A publisher/publishing group can apply for support for a project involving the translation, production and promotion of 3-10 fiction works
- A publisher/publishing group can apply for a grant of up to €100,000 (maximum 50% of the eligible costs)
- The project must be delivered over a maximum of 2 years
This overview is intended for guidance only. Full details and the guidelines can be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which administers Creative Europe.
Publishers and publishing groups can apply. The company must be registered in an eligible country and applicant organisations must be able to legally prove their existence for at least two years by the date of the application deadline.
Individuals cannot apply.
Publishers and publishing groups can apply for up to €100,000.
The grant covers up to 50% of the costs of translation, production and promotion. Match funding is required.
If you are thinking of applying, here are some ways that you can prepare for the application process:
- Read through the guidelines for Literary Translation;
- Look through the guide for applicants and eform user guide;
- Creative Europe Europe Desk UK offers free advice and support for Creative Europe applicants from the UK. If you are thinking of applying, we also offer one-to-one sessions in person, over the phone or via Skype. Get in touch;
- Sign up to our newsletter;
- All applications are submitted electronically so new applicants must first obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC) by registering for an ECAS account and enter company information into the Participant Portal. Watch video tutorials that explain how to do this.
The source language and target language must be officially recognised languages of one of the eligible countries:
1. The 28 Member States of the European Union
2. The EU candidate and potential candidate countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia
3. The EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland and Norway
4. The Swiss Confederation is NOT eligible
5. Other partner countries: Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Tunisia and Ukraine.
6. Translations out of Latin and ancient Greek (source language) into officially recognised languages are also eligible.
In the UK, projects would involve translating from one of the eligible languages above (for example, a German novel, or Finnish poetry) into English.
- The target language must be the translator's mother tongue (except in cases of less frequently spoken languages if the applicant provides sufficient explanation).
- Welsh and Scottish Gaelic are also eligible if you include a covering letter explaining your choice of language. Creative Europe’s aim is to widen distribution, so translation into English, a more widely spoken language, does make for a stronger application.
- Translations and publication must have a cross-border dimension. Hence the translation of national literature from one official language into another official language within the same country is not eligible.
In 2018 results, five UK publishers were awarded Literary Translation support: Book Island, Orenda Books, Parthian Books, Quercus Editions and Random House.
In 2017 results, Oneworld Publications and Fitzcarraldo Editions were successful.
Harvill Secker, Istros Books, Peirene Press, Arc Publications, Pushkin Press, Profile Books, Peter Owen, Comma Press, Serpent’s Tail, Quercus/MacLehose and Vagabond Voices are also UK publishers who have received funding from Creative Europe or the EU Culture programme (2007-2013).
You can read through examples of these projects in the Funded Projects section of our website. For example, in 2014, Peirene Press received €20,043 from Creative Europe to translate, publish and promote three books:
- White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen, translated from the Finnish by Emily Jeremiah and Fleur Jeremiah;
- Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean, translated from the French by Adriana Hunter;
- The Looking-Glass Sisters by Gøhril Gabrielsen, translated from the Norwegian by John Irons.
Yes, e-books are eligible.
Category 1: Slate
Usually there are annual deadlines until 2020. The next deadline is 4 June 2019.
Category 2: Framework partnership agreements
There are no more deadlines for Category 2 projects. The last deadline was May 2018.
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