The new Goethe-Institut grant program aimed at US publishers for the translation of contemporary German-language literature into English in the context of the 'Deutschlandjahr in the USA' between October 2018 and October 2019.
The Goethe-Institut’s grant program “Translations of German Books into Other Languages” supports non-German publishers in publishing German-language literature, with the aim of making accessible to non-German speaking readers current works of contemporary literature, literature for children and young people, important academic titles and non-fiction works.
The program serves cultural policy goals and is an important guiding instrument for cultural and educational foreign policy.
In cases where an application for a translation grant is successful, the Goethe-Institut contributes part of the translation costs to the publisher, payable on publication of the translated work. It is not envisaged that the Goethe-Institut will finance the full costs of the translation or printing or editorial costs.
In the nearly 40 years of its existence, the program has provided financial support for the publication of approximately 6000 books in 45 languages.
Special arrangements are in place for English-language translation grant applications for titles featured in New Books in German, a twice yearly journal aimed at US and UK editors. New Books in German offers publishing professionals independent help in finding the right titles from among the thousands published each year in the German language.
Sample translations may be available for German fiction titles featured in New Books in German.
Any title by a German author that was featured in an issue of New Books in German in the last 5 years and acquired by an English-language US publisher is guaranteed a translation grant of approximately 50% of the translation costs.
Applications are accepted year-round with no specific deadlines. We strongly recommend US publishers contact us regarding translation projects involving New Books in German titles at the earliest possible date.