In 2006, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with the PEN American Center, launched the French Voices Grant. The objective was to create what would become a collection of 30 books over an initial period of three years. Seven years later, the collection has largely surpassed its objective and is now more than 60 titles strong. It includes a wide range of works representing some of the best of French fiction and non-fiction alike.
In 2013, we are happy to announce that the French Voices Grant continues on its path thanks to support from the Florence Gould and the Mellon Foundation. This year, to give more visibility to the program, it has become the French Voices Award, announced twice a year and culminating in a prestigious ceremony. Another important new feature: because we want to give greater recognition to the quality of the translator’s work, the amount of the award ($6000) will be shared between the publisher and the translator ($4,000 and $2,000 respectively). Last but not least, we also encourage the submission of translated ebooks.
As before, up to ten contemporary French or Francophone works will be honored every year. A committee of independent professional experts will continue to select the works to be translated epitomizing the many facets of a vibrant French literary scene. Awards will go to books representing new trends in fiction, or graphic novels and underrepresented perspectives or points of view in non-fiction.
The French works published in the US will each carry a logo and receive the patronage of a major American writer in the form of a foreword, and he/she may participate in major public events with the author and translators. Past forewords for the French Voices award were written by many eminent writers: Percival Everett, Siri Hustvedt, Luc Sante, Rick Moody, Elie Wiesel, Francine Prose, Jonathan Lethem, Edmund White among many other illustrious authors have all introduced a French Voices work to the US.
French Voices Award applications must be submitted electronically and they are accepted twice a year.
The deadline for the 2013 Spring session is March 20th, 2013
The deadline for the 2013 Fall session is August 30th, 2013