34th Annual Translation Prize Submission Process
The 2021 awards cycle opened for submissions on Monday, November 2, 2020 and will close on January 15, 2021.
Translations for consideration for the upcoming cycle must have been published in the United States for the first time between January 1 and December 31, 2020. All categories of work are eligible in fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of poetry, technical, scientific and reference works, graphic novels, and children’s literature. In addition, the French-American Foundation does not directly support works of translation in progress. The monetary prize is awarded directly to the translator.
Submissions must be completed online and are usually submitted by the publisher. Please note that three matching pairs of excerpts of the English and the French copies of the book you wish to submit for consideration are required:
Excerpt 1: the first 6 pages of the book
Excerpt 2: 6 pages in the middle of the book (we recommend starting at the beginning of a chapter)
Excerpt 3: 6 pages at the end of the book (we recommend starting at the beginning of a chapter)
The three excerpts should be saved as PDF files.
Please click here to read the official rules before submitting.
Finalists & Winners
Prize money will be bestowed at an awards ceremony in the spring or summer of 2021. Depending on the trajectory of Covid-19, this event may be either in person or online. In the event that the winning translator cannot participate in the ceremony, the Foundation reserves the right to give the prize to a second choice finalist who is able to attend and promote the prize.
Please note: While we ask for electronic excerpts at this stage, finalists (notified in March) may be asked to mail hard copies of books to the jury, located at 5 or 6 addresses in the New York area. (Due to Covid, we can no longer accept them at one central office.) PDFs of the books are also acceptable when hard copies are not available, but finalists must also be ready to print and mail them to the jury. It is the responsibility of the submitting party to send these copies to the jury, and those who cannot provide the full books in either printed or PDF form in a timely manner may be removed from consideration.
The French-American Foundation understands that the material you submit is protected by copyright. Except for the uses stated herein, none of the material shall be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, translated, downloaded, displayed, posted, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including, but not limited to, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission and approval of the publishing house. Permission is granted to the French-American Foundation to display for personal, non-commercial use on a computer screen and to print a limited number of copies of individual pages on paper only for the use of the Translation Prize Jury, provided the French-American Foundation does not modify the materials and that it retains all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the materials.
Please feel free to contact Katie DeMallie for more information at [email protected].