Sample Translations ©POLAND

The aim of the program Sample Translations ©POLAND, addressed to translators of Polish literature, is to promote Polish literature abroad through encouraging translators to present Polish books to foreign publishers.

The program's regulations are:

  • Financing is given for 20 pages of a translation (1,800 characters per page)
  • The translator hands in an application, enclosing:

a) the motivation for choosing the applicable book
b) the plan of action
c) his/her bibliography
d) information concerning the translation costs (gross)

  • The rates applied by the Book Institute are the average current rates in the country where the translator lives
  • The translator will send the Book Institute the translated text a maximum of 30 days after having received information concerning the awarding of a grant
  • The Book Institute will consider forwarded applications as they arise (but will not evaluate the quality of the translation)
  • The Book Institute reserves the right to use the translation in its promotional materials (print, Internet etc.)
  • In the event of the book's publication, the translator is obliged to inform the publisher that the Book Institute expects financial support information to be included within
  • Receiving a grant in no way influences the decision to finance translations in the framework of the ©POLAND TRANSLATION PROGRAM
  • 6 months after the awarding of the grant, the Book Institute may ask for information regarding the translator's activities to have the book published - the translator will be exempt from future grant applications should he/she refuse to answer this request
  • If the translator applies for more than one grant, he/she is obliged to inform the Book Institute as to the order of the applications' importance

Conditions for participation in the program:

The translator must have published minimum one translation in book form prior to having made an application

It must be the first translation of the book into the given language, and the sample must not have been anywhere previously published

The book must be a work of literature or essays, or a Polish humanist work from the past or present (with particular consideration given to books devoted to the history, culture and literature of Poland), or literature for children or young people


  • An initial declaration of interest from a potential publisher
  • The Book Institute may establish in a given year additional preferences concerning a given language area


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