The French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation are pleased to invite you to participate in the 35th Annual Translation Prize competition. A $10,000 award in fiction and a $10,000 award in nonfiction will be disbursed to translators in 2022 for excellent translations from French into English, and winning books will be promoted to our networks.


We will be accepting submissions through January 14, 2022. Finalists will be named in March and winners will be named in May. 


Translations for consideration must have been published in the United States for the first time during the previous calendar year (between January 1 and December 31, 2021). All categories of fiction and nonfiction works are eligible, with the exception of poetry, technical, scientific and reference works, graphic novels, and children's literature.


Prize money will be bestowed at an awards ceremony in the spring or summer of 2022. We plan for the ceremony to be in person in New York, dependent on and fully respecting City and State health and safety protocol. In the event that the winning translator cannot participate in the ceremony, the Foundation reserves the right to give the prize to a second choice finalist who is able to attend and promote the prize.


Please note: While we ask for electronic excerpts at this stage, finalists (notified in March) may be asked to mail hard copies of books to the jury, located at 5 or 6 addresses in the New York area. (Due to Covid, we can no longer accept them at one central office.) PDFs of the books are also acceptable when hard copies are not available, but finalists must also be ready to print and mail them to the jury. It is the responsibility of the submitting party to send these copies to the jury, and those who cannot provide the full books in either printed or PDF form in a timely manner may be removed from consideration.

For more information on the Translation Prize rules, please visit: https://frenchamerican.org/initiatives/translation-prize/official-rules/
If you are having trouble uploading your submission or if you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth McGehee at emcgehee@frenchamerican.org.
We look forward to reviewing your application.

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Welcome to the online application portal for the 2020 Young Leaders program. 


(This form is for US-based candidates only-- candidates in France should apply to our sister Foundation in France at www.french-american.org.)  




Application guidelines




All of the application materials must be in English.

1. Please fill out the questions in this online application form.

2. At the end of the form there is space to upload the following documents:



  • A personal statement (up to 400 words)

  • A resume

  •  A copy of your passport photo page

  •  An innovative way of introducing yourself. For example, applicants have sent photo collages, power point presentations, videos (2 minutes maximum); and published materials. This is a chance for you to get creative and help us get to know you!

  • OPTIONAL: One letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well in a professional or academic capacity. This is not required.


3. Don't forget to click the "submit" button!



More information about the program and the selection process can be found at https://frenchamerican.org/young-leaders/apply/. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Katie DeMallie, Program Director, at kdemallie@frenchamerican.org. 


Thank you!


Please note: The 2020 seminar in France will begin in the evening on Tuesday, October 13 and end in the evening on Saturday, October 17. American Young Leaders should plan to arrive in New York on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) for an afternoon activity, fly to Paris the evening of October 12, and travel home on Sunday, October 18. Young Leaders are expected to attend the entirety of the seminar and ensure that the dates of October 12-18 are clear on their calendars.

The French-American Foundation