Books First

Please apply online here.
The information you enter in this form will be sent both to the Goethe-Institut in New York and to the Goethe-Institut's head office in Munich.

Application deadlines: 15 November 2019 (for own proposals) and 30 November 2019 (for titles recommended in our reader)

Please include the following documents (they can be uploaded when you reach the end of the form):

  • Licensing agreement
  • Translation contract
  • Reasons for the project
  • Information about the translator

Please send two advance reading copies and a PDF version of the German original to:

Goethe-Institut e.V. 
Bereich 33 
z. Hd. Andreas Schmohl 
Oskar-von-Miller-Ring 18
80333 Munich 

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The German-language work to be translated

Your print edition

Month / Year

Your e-book edition

Month / Year

The translator

Other sponsors


The reasons for the project should answer the following questions:
1) Why do you want to have this work translated? Are other works by the same author already available in translation?
2) Which other authors do you have on your books and are any German-language authors among them?
3) Why is financial Support needed for the project?

Please send us a list of published translations from German.

Terms and conditions of the grant

  • The translation must be made of the original German-language text.
  • Only projects that are not yet ready to go to press when the grants agreement is signed will be considered.
  • The foreign publisher is required to credit the Goethe-Institut as sponsor in the imprint and to print the Goethe-Institut logo. If the publisher fails to do so, the Goethe-Institut reserves the right to withhold the approved grant.

Data protection terms

  • The publisher assures that he has fulfilled all data protection obligations towards the translators specified in the application.
  • Goethe-Institut e.V. assures to use the personal data of the publishing house (email address and contact person) exclusively for the purpose of operating the translation grant programme.

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