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Creative Europe supports initiatives of translation and promotes literary works throughout EU markets, with the aim to raise accessibility of readership of high quality European literary writings.

What is it for ?

The objectives of the "Literary translation" scheme are to promote the transnational circulation of literature and its diversity in Europe and beyond and to expand the readership of quality translated books.

The scheme offers grants to eligible publishers for the co-financing of the translation, publication and promotion of a "package" of minimum 3 and maximum 10 works of fiction. The translation must be from, and into, eligible languages and either the source or the target language must be officially recognised in an EU Member States or an EFTA country.

The translation and promotion of books from lesser used languages into English, French, German or Spanish is encouraged as it increases the visibility of the books in Europe and beyond. The translation of books for which the authors have won the EU Prize for Literature is also encouraged.

The scheme is open to publishers and publishing houses with least 2 years of existence established in the EU or in other countries participating in the Creative Europe programme. Eligibility conditions are detailed in the guidelines of the call.

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However, Creative Europe's support to the book sector does not stop there. Although the EU Prize for Literature and the Literary Translation scheme are the most visible and most significant actions of the programme in the book sector, other financing funds and initiatives are also available : https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/creative-europe/actions/culture/cooperation-projects_en

Example of projects funded with the plan of cooperation projects:






i-Portunus is a short-term pilot project selected and funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, to trial a mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals. This second phase (2020-21) is managed by a consortium headed by the Goethe-Institut with Institut français and Izolyatsia.

In this second phase, i-Portunus bases itself on the experiences obtained in the first phase and shifts its focus on other areas of international cultural cooperation, in order to get a thorough look at the various sectors and their different needs for mobility. Therefore, this second phase of i-Portunus will launch Calls in four different cultural sector than before: Music, Literature, Architecture and Cultural Heritage.

All Calls will be launched between December 2020 and June 2021 and will be open to artists, creators and/or cultural professionals residing in a Creative Europe Country and with a destination in a Creative Europe Country. The mobility applications will require a specific and well-defined objective, such as international collaboration, professional development and/or creation.


The European Union Prize for Literature is one of the four prizes financed by Creative Europe in the cultural sector. The other three prizes are the Prize of the European Union for Cultural Heritage (http://www.europeanheritageawards.eu/), Prize of the European Union for Architecture (https://miesbcn.com/prize) and the Prize of the European Union for Contemporary and Popular Music(https://musicmoveseuropetalentawards.eu/).