Grants for Foreign Publishing Houses in Support of the Translation of Works of Hungarian Literature
The Petőfi Cultural Fund Nonprofit Limited Liability Company (hereinafter referred to as “PLF”) invites submissions for the “Grants for Foreign Publishing Houses in Support of the Translation of Works of Hungarian Literature” from publishers of Hungarian literature and prose in foreign languages, thus helping to familiarize international audiences with works written in Hungarian.
1. Target group
We invite applications from publishing houses outside of Hungary of books or periodicals which publish Hungarian fiction or academic prose in a foreign language.
2. Expectations for applicants
For this grant, applications can be submitted for a translation of a work written in Hungarian. The work to be translated may be a contemporary or classical work of fiction from any genre or a work of scholarly prose in a field of the humanities.
The applicant undertakes to have the work translated, published, and distributed. The applicant also undertakes to include in the published volume the logo of the PLF and a one-sentence statement in Hungarian and in the language in which the book is published to the effect that the publication of the volume has been made possible with the support of the PLF.
One applicant can submit no more than two applications for a given grant.
3. Amount available under the call for proposals
Maximum amount per application: gross 1 500 000 HUF
PLF will conclude a cooperation agreement for the projects that have been awarded grants.
The award is provided after publication of the works in question, i.e. the applicant must undertake to pay in advance the costs (including the translator’s fee) necessary for the publication of the book.
The publisher will confirm the publication of the book by sending 10 copies to the PLF.
4. Framework of the call for applications
Available budget: gross 25 000 000 HUF
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2021.
Please note that applications submitted after the deadline will be automatically excluded from the evaluation process. Applicants may submit any missing materials specified in a notice concerning missing materials up to but not after the deadline.
Notification of the decisions concerning the applications: 30 October 2021.
The deadline for publication of the selected work and submission of the statement of accounts is 30 November 2023.
The PCF reserves the right to make changes to the dates above before these dates have been reached in particularly justified cases, and will publish a separate notice concerning any such changes.
5. Formal application requirements, documents
Documents required for submission of an application in English or Hungarian:
- Application form (attachment 1 - signed, scanned, PDF format)
- Short introduction of the publisher submitted in PDF format
- The translator’s curriculum vitae and list of publications submitted in PDF format;
- A short presentation of the work to be translated explaining the importance of translation and publication in the country of publication, submitted in PDF format;
Applications for the grants presented in this call for submissions must be sent exclusively by e-mail, accompanied by the documents specified above, to the following e-mail address: email@example.com (please indicate the title of the application in the subject line).
For further inquiries and information in email contact Mária Hajba: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Evaluation and assessment of applications
All applications will be assessed at the same time after the deadline for submission.
Applications will be evaluated by a committee of specialists appointed by the PCF, and the committee will make recommendations concerning the decisions regarding the available grants. On the basis of the recommendations of the committee, the decision will be made by the Director General of the PCF.
The committee of specialists will take the following criteria into consideration when making its recommendations:
- Whether the work is of significant merit in its field and thus is worth publishing in translation;
- Whether the budget plan has been made with accurate consideration of market prices;
- The qualifications and achievements of the translator who has been chosen for the project;
- Critical assessment of the work which has been proposed for translation and its author’s critical reception and place on the Hungarian book market, the international book market, and the target language book market.
The PCF will conclude cooperation contracts with applicants who have been awarded grants.
1. Attachment: application form template