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Circulation of European literary works


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Literary Works Call 7x3

Circulation of European Literary Works will support projects that will translate, publish, distribute and promote works of fiction.

Deadline extension: due to the exceptional circumstances of the terrible natural disaster in some regions of Turkey and Syria, the deadline for Circulation of European Literary Works has been extended to 7th March 2023.

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This action will support projects that will translate, publish, distribute and promote works of fiction. Themes and priorities include:

  • Strengthening the transnational circulation and diversity of European literary works;
  • Encouraging the translation and promotion of works in lesser-used languages to increase their circulation to larger markets in Europe and beyond;
  • reaching new audiences for European literary works in Europe and beyond;
  • strengthening the competitiveness of the book sector by encouraging cooperation within the book value chain.
  • In addition, the principle of fair remuneration of writers and translators should be respected in line with the "Translators on the cover" report by the EU Member States’ experts group on multilingualism and translation mandated by the Council under the Open Method of Coordination.
  • Considering the exceptional circumstances in Europe, projects with the objective of providing European or Ukrainian books in Ukrainian language to Ukrainian refugees and displaced people will be encouraged. In this regard, the printing, distribution and promotion of European or Ukrainian works of fiction in Ukrainian will be eligible. NB: Projects should still satisfy the general eligibility conditions and include at least 5 translations.

  • Applications by single applicants and proposals submitted by a consortium are allowed.
  • A consortium must be of at least 2 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities).

  • Translation, promotion and distribution of literary works of fiction as well as activities to help the sales of translation rights in Europe and beyond.
  • Each project must be based on a sound editorial and promotional strategy covering a package of at least 5 eligible works of fiction translated from and into eligible languages, and must include the following elements:
    • the proposed package contributes to the diversity of literature in the target country (or countries) by including works of fiction from countries that are underrepresented, and in particular works written in lesser-used languages,
    • the distribution strategy ensures wide and easy access to the works for the general public.
    • the promotion strategy contributes to an enlargement and renewal of the audience.
    • the project encourages collaboration between authors, translators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, libraries, festivals, literary events.
    • the project contributes to raising the profile of translators and respects the principle of fair remuneration.
    • the project addresses the Creative Europe programme cross-cutting issues and the Culture Strand 2023 priorities
    • Cross-cutting priorities for this call - Digital Agenda.

  • Small-scale projects: Projects proposing translation of up to 10 different books can receive up to €100,000
  • Medium-scale : Projects proposing translation of up to 20 different books can receive up to €200,000
  • Large scale : Projects proposing translation of at least 21 different books can receive up to €300,000
  • The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.