FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

French Voices


How can I apply?

Applications must be submitted electronically: the e-form will be available on this webpage from December 15, 2021 to January 15 2022.

The deadline for the current session is January 15 2022 for Acquisition of rights and Hemingway Grant. The French Voices award deadline will be announced separately.

I am an American publisher. Can I be the recipient of more than one of the programs listed on your website?

There is a single application system for the French Voices Award, Hemingway Grant and Acquisition of Rights programs. But there are some restrictions on the grants and awards that can be combined:

For instance:

> You can not receive a Hemingway grant AND a French Voices Program for the same book.

> You can not receive a grant from the CNL AND a Hemingway Grant

> You can not receive Burgess Grant (UK) AND a Hemingway Grant

Any other combination is possible. You could for instance receive a French Voices Award + an Acquisition of Rights grant and a CNL grant. Please refer to chart below for more info.

 French Voices AwardHemingway GrantAcquisition of rightsCNL
French Voices Award NOYESYES
Hemingway Grant  NONO
Acquisition of rights   YES

My project was published in France in the last six years. To which program(s) can I apply?

If you are an American publisher and your project was published in the last 6 years, you can apply to the French Voices Award and the Acquisition of Rights programs. If it is not selected for the French Voices Award, your project will automatically be considered for the Hemingway Grant, provided you have checked the Hemingway Grant box in the application.

Which translation assistance programs are compatible with the CNL Grant?

Projects awarded a French Voices Award or/and Acquisition of Rights Grant are also eligible for the Centre National du Livre (CNL)Grant, which is awarded by the for a work translated into English. There is a separate application process for this grant, which must be completed by the French publisher. It is not compatible with the Hemingway Grant program.

Who can apply to the following programs?

 American publisherFrench PublisherOther publisher of works in FrenchTranslatorAgentAuthor
French Voices AwardYesYesYesYesYesYes
Hemingway GrantYesNoNoNoNoNo
Acquisition of rightsYesNoNoNoNoNo
CNL  NoYesYesNoNoNo

If my project is selected for a French Voices Award or a Hemingway Grant, when can I expect to receive the award/grant?

The award or grant is to be paid to the American publisher. It will only be paid after you’ve provided a copy of the fully executed Acquisition of Rights contract and after you’ve signed a contract with FACE Foundationi (for the French Voices Award) or the Cultural Services of The French Embassy (for Heminwgay Grant)

If I have not yet signed a contract with a French publisher, at what point would I be required to do so?

French Voices Award: You will have a full year to provide a signed Acquisition of Rights contract between the French Publisher and American Publisher.

Hemingway Grant: You will need to provide a signed Acquisition of Rights contract shortly after being notified of our decision.

Acquisition of Rights: You cannot apply to the Acquisition of Rights program without a previously signed Acquisition of Rights contract.

When will you receive a response to your application?

French Voices Awards will be announced twice a year on our website frenchculture.org and presented at a prestigious ceremony. This announcement will be followed by personal letters or email to all applicants.

>Awards for the Fall session to be announced in September of the following year.

>Awards for the Spring session to be announced in March the following year.

>Answer for the Acquisition of Rights will be sent in September for the spring session and in February of the following year for the Fall session.

Hemingway Grant: Selected applicants will receive an email requesting several documents, to be sent within two weeks in order to receive the grant payment. If a publisher doesn’t send the document within this time frame, the grant will be allocated to another project. Rejection letters will be sent each year in January.

Who is the French Voices Award paid to and what share goes to the translator?

For a classic French Voices Award: The French Voices Award rewards both the American publisher and the translator with a total prize of $6,000. The full amount will be transferred to the publisher of each selected project: $4,000 to cover the preface and publishing costs and a $2,000 non-negotiable bonus to be allocated to the translator ($5,000 and $1,000 respectively in case of a comic book or picture book).

For a Grand Prize: The French Voices Grand Prizes reward both the American publisher and the translator with a total prize of $6,000. The full amount will be transferred to the publisher: $6,000 to cover the preface and publishing costs and a $4,000 non-negotiable bonus to be allocated to the translator ($7,000 and $3,000 respectively in case of a comic book or picture book).

Is the French Voices Award only available to American citizens?

For example: I am not an American translator. Can I submit an application to the French Voices program?

You need not be an American citizen to apply; however, the publishing house of the work in translation must be American.

Is there a limit on the number of applications I can submit?

For all grants, American publishers and agents can submit as many applications as they wish. Other applicants can only submit two applications for each session.

If my project does not receive a translation assistance grant, can I re-submit my application?

You cannot submit the same application twice.

What literary genres are eligible for these awards?

Support is given to works of fiction, non-fiction, children, comic books and poetry. The three programs do not support textbooks and pratical books and hard science works.

Will sending other documents (press reviews…) help my application?

Please submit only the requested forms. We will not consider additional documents in the selection process.

What are the requirements for the contract with the American Publisher?

The French Voices Awards will only consider contracts with a minimum of 500 printed copies and will not consider print-on-demand or ebooks only contracts.


Book Department
Cultural Services of the French Embassy