Translation Prize

Since 1986, the French-American Foundation, with the long-standing support of the Florence Gould Foundation, has awarded annual translation prizes for the best translation from French to English in fiction and nonfiction.


Translation Prize

Over the course of the past 25 years, the Translation Prize has established itself as a valuable element of the intellectual and cultural exchange between France and the United States. The Translation Prize promotes French literature in the United States and provides translators and their craft with greater visibility among publishers and readers. The prize also seeks to increase the visibility of the publishers who bring these important French works of literature to the American market in translation of exceptional quality.

Read about the Winners of the 29th Translation Prize here


The Foundation was honored to name Lydia Davis the inaugural Translator Laureate in 2016. Eleven Pleasures of Translating, her essay in the December 8th issue of the New York Review of Books, is based on the keynote address she gave at our Translation Prize Ceremony on June 7, 2016. 


For more information, please contact Chrissa LaPorte at [email protected].