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Call for Applications: Acquisition of Rights

Books & Ideas

(c) Emil Widlund

Accepting applications for Acquisition of Rights, a program providing financial assistance to American publishers to secure the rights of French works for publication in the United States.

The program assists American publishers in covering the expenses of acquiring the rights of French comics, youth, fiction, and non-fiction works for English translation.

Application Materials

American publishers wishing to apply for the grant should fill out the online application form and provide the documents listed below:

– Completed online application form
– Signed balanced budget
– Signed acquisition of rights contract with a French publisher
– Two hard copies of the book in French, in addition to a PDF version in French.

Please note that you can only apply for this program if an advance has not already been paid to a French publishing house. If you intend to apply for this program, please negotiate a differed payment with the French publisher upon signing the contract. 


All digital materials (budget, contract, and PDF of book) should be sent to:

Hard copies of books should be sent to:
Acquisition of Rights Program
Book & Ideas, Villa Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Beneficiaries are selected by the Institut français. The amount awarded is paid directly to the French publisher and cannot exceed the amount of the first advance to be paid to the French publisher for the acquisition of rights. The amount granted varies from €400 to €4,000.


Deadline: August 26, 2024

Only books which are scheduled to be published at least three months after the Institut français’ committee convenes on August 31 will be eligible to apply. 


For any questions, please email

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Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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