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

Fiction

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. The amount which is covered depends on the institution providing the funding. Please see country specific information from the links below.

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.

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.

Nonfiction

Nonfiction books by authors from Germany that appeared here in the last five years are also guaranteed funding. Nonfiction 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.

Nonfiction books by authors from Switzerland within the five year funding period and up to 2020 are also guaranteed funding. As of 2021, nonfiction books by authors from Switzerland no longer qualify for support and so we do not feature them.

Nonfiction 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, rather than the location of the publishing house or any other factor.

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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