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©POLAND Translation Programme

The Programme was established in 1999 and was modelled on similar programmes in other countries. Its aim is to increase the number of foreign translations of Polish literature by providing financial support to foreign publishers to pay for translation costs. The Programme is administered by the Book Institute.

In the period from 1999 to mid-2007, the ©POLAND Translation Programme has provided 604 grants worth a total of 5,436,240 zlotys (approx € 1 million), for translations into 36 different languages. The average grant was worth 8,200 zlotys (approx € 2,000).

Preference is given to works of fiction and non-fiction that fall within the humanities category.

The Programme may cover:


Up to 100 % of the costs of a translation from Polish into a foreign language


Up to 100 % of the costs of purchasing the publishing rights

To apply for these grants, foreign publishers need to present five copies of each of the following:

a completed application form

the rights purchase contract (or provisional contract)

the translation contract (or provisional contract)

current publishing agenda and details of the firm’s activities

translator’s bibliography

a brief note on reasons for choosing the title in question

a precise costing and financing plan for the publication and information on how it is to be marketed


The purpose of this programme, aimed at translators of Polish literature, is to promote Polish literature abroad by encouraging translators to present Polish books to foreign publishers.

The programme's rules are:

Financing is given for the translation of up to 20 pages (1,800 characters per page)

The translator submits an application, including:

a) his/her reasons for choosing the book in question;

b) his/her plan of action;

c) his/her bibliography;

d) an estimate of the translation costs (gross).

Conditions for applying to the programme:

The translator must have published a minimum of 1 translation in book form before making an application;

His/her proposed work must be the first translation of the book into given language, and the sample must not have been published anywhere prevously;

The book must be a work of literature or essays, or other text within the field of the humanities dating from the past or present.

Please address applications for both programmes to the Book Institute as follows:

Instytut Książki (The Book Institute) ul. Szczepańska 1 PL 31-011 Kraków E-mail: j.czudec@bookinstitute.pl Tel: (+48-12) 426 79 12, 433 70 40 Fax: (+48-12) 429 38 29

Full information on both programmes, including a list of grants awarded to date and a funding application form can be found on the Book Institute’s website, www.bookinstitute.pl

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