Call for proposals Culture Sub-Programme - Support to Literary translation projects 2019 EACEA/07/2019 Closed!


The main objectives of the support for literary translation projects are:

  • to support cultural and linguistic diversity in the EU and in other countries participating in the Culture Sub-programme of the Creative Europe Programme;
  • to strengthen the transnational circulation and diversity of high quality literary works in the long term;
  • to improve access to these literary works in the EU and beyond;
  • to reach new audiences for quality literary translated works.

Within the above objectives, the priorities of the support for literary translation projects are:

  • supporting the promotion of European translated literature;
  • encouraging the translations from lesser used languages 2 into English, German, French and Spanish (Castilian) as these may contribute to a wider circulation of the works;
  • encouraging the translation of less represented genres such as works for a younger public (children, adolescents and young adults), comics/graphic novels, short stories or poetry;
  • encouraging the appropriate use of digital technologies in both the distribution and promotion of the works;
  • encouraging the translation and promotion of books which have won the EU Prize for Literature
  • raising the profile of translators. For that reason, publishers will be required to include a biography of the translators in each translated book.


Eligible activities are the translation, publication, distribution and promotion of a package of eligible works of fiction with a high literary value, irrespective of their literary genre, such as novels, short stories, plays, poetry, comic books and children's fiction.

Activities can include special events and marketing/distribution organised for the promotion of the translated works of fiction in the EU and outside the EU, including digital promotion tools and promotion of authors at book fairs and literary festivals.

As a complement to the package, projects can also include the partial translation (translation of excerpts of works of fiction) from the catalogues of the applicant to help foster the selling of rights either within Europe or beyond.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 2,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 04 June 2019 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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