Funding for English translations

Once a book is selected by our juries and recommended on the site, it can go on to gain financial support for its translation into English.  

“Knowing that we would receive support for the translation played a big part in our deciding to translate and publish this book in English”

Harry Hall, Publisher, Haus Publishing

As an English-language publisher, you are guaranteed a grant towards the costs of translation into English of a fiction book which has been chosen by the jury and recommended by New Books in German in the last five years.

You can see these books in the explore books section of the website. It is your own responsibility to check the date is within the correct time frame.

Non-fiction books by German and Swiss authors that appeared here in the last five years are also guaranteed funding. Non-fiction books by Austrian authors are not eligible for financial support and so we do not feature them.

The nationality or country of residence of the author determines which funding body should be approached.

Fiction titles outside the five-year period will be considered for funding, but there is no guarantee. We recommend you contact the relevant funding body directly for an informal discussion.

Funding for authors from Germany

Costs of translation into English are supported by our partner the Goethe-Institut.

Funding for authors from Austria

Costs of translation into English are supported by our partner the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.

Funding for authors from Switzerland

Costs of translation into English are supported by our partner the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

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Recommendations Autumn 2020

We are delighted to share the books chosen by our jury for Autumn 2020. The books recommended below showcase the brilliance and breadth of contemporary German-language literature. They have also been chosen for their potential for success in English language territories.

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