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CNL Translation Grants (French Ministry of Culture)

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The Centre National du Livre is offering grants to assist foreign publishers with the translation of French and francophone authors. The Centre National du Livre, a public institution supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, aims to support all the players involved in the publishing process: authors, translators, publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary event organizers. It promotes the translation of foreign language books into French and of French books into foreign languages.

The CNL issues grants to support the translation of French works into foreign languages for professional publishers publishing works in the fields of fiction, social sciences and the humanities, philosophy, the science of religion, psychoanalysis, scientific and technical literature, art books, poetry, theatre, books for children and young adults, and graphic novels. Grants may not be issued for self-published works.


The selection committees meet several times a year, the next deadlines to submit an application are the following: 

Session of May/June 2024
Applications can be submitted between Jan. 12 and Feb 22, 2023

Session of Sept/Oct. 2024
Applications can be submitted between May 2, and June 12, 2023

Session of Jan/Feb. 2025
Applications can be submitted between Sept. 22 and Nov. 2, 2023

To submit an application: French publishers who hold rights to the works in question submit the application to the French Ministry of Culture. Subsidies range between 40% and 70% of the cost of translation. Applications are filled out in French and in liaison with the French publisher who holds the rights.

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