Apply to the 30th Annual Translation Prize

The deadline for submissions was on January 15, 2017.

The French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation are currently accepting submissions for the 30th Annual Translation Prize. The Foundations will present a $10,000 monetary award for the best English translation of French in both fiction and non-fiction.


Translations for consideration must have been published for the first time in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2016. All categories of work are eligible in fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of poetry, technical, scientific and reference works and children's literature. In addition, the French-American Foundation does not directly support works of translation in progress. 


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.

To view the complete Translation Prize rules, please click here.

Finalists & Winners

All applicants will receive an email informing them whether or not their submission has been selected as a finalist. Applicants who are selected as finalists will be asked to mail hard copies of the book, accompanied by the original work in French. The prizes will be announced and presented at an awards ceremony in spring 2017. 


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]