Grants and Prizes for French <> English Translators and Interpreters

The French Voices Awards rewards both American translators and publishers for translations of works that have been published in France in the last 6 years. Recipients are selected by an independent literary committee. Each book receives a $6,000 award, shared between the American publisher ($4,000) and the translator ($2,000), ($5,000 and $1,000 respectively in the case of a comic book or picture book). Each year, the committee also elects a Grand Prize Winner, who receives $10,000 in total: $6,000 to cover the foreword fee and the publishing costs, and a $4,000 non-negotiable bonus to the translator ($7,000 and $3,000 respectively in case of a comic book or picture book). A book tour will also be offered to the French author after his work is published in the US.

Hemingway Grants allow publishers to receive financial help for the translation and publication of a French work into English. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Book Department of the French Embassy in the United States. Grants awarded for each work range from $500 to $3,000.

The Institut Français helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works. Grant beneficiaries are selected by the Institut Français in Paris. The amount awarded cannot exceed the amount of the advance paid to the French publisher for the acquisition of rights and varies from €500 to €7,000.

Publishing Grants and Prizes from the French Embassy Website

PEN/HEIM Translation Fund Grants for literary translations

Other associations of translators and interpreters

Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs (FIT)
La Société française des traducteurs (SFT)
The Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI)
The Colorado Translators Association (CTA)
Northern California Translators Association (NCTA)
New York City Translators Association (NYCT)
National Capital Area Translators Association (NCATA)
Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society (NOTIS)
Ordre des traducteurs et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ)
Association des traducteurs et interprètes de l’Ontario (ATIO)


The American Translators Association (ATA) is a professional association founded to advance the translation and interpreting professions and foster the professional development of individual translators and interpreters. Its 11,000 members in more than 90 countries include translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

Association membership is available to individuals (Active, Corresponding, Associate, Student) and organizations (Corporate, Institutional).

ATA offers a variety of programs, benefits, and support services. Membership in the French Language Division is one of these benefits. For more information about becoming a member of the ATA, click here.