Creative Europe: circulation of Ukrainian and European literary works

Sector: Culture and creative industries
Type: Grant
Location: Ukraine and EU
Deadline: Finished
Organiser: Creative Europe

These are grants for publishers to translate fiction literature. You will get up to EUR 300,000 to introduce to Ukrainian readers selected works by European authors or to promote Ukrainian literature abroad. 

One of the programme's priorities is to spread literary works in Ukrainian so that Ukrainian refugees have access to their native literature.

You can choose several books at once — from five to infinity. The grants will cover up to 60% of the translation, publishing, distribution and promotion of books in paper, electronic or audio formats.

You have to translate all the books in three years. You can apply independently or in partnership with publishing houses, bookshops and literature festivals in Ukraine, the EU and 11 other countries. 

The competition is managed by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency. This is one of the thousands of EU opportunities for Ukraine.

More about the competition

What do I get?
  • If you plan to publish from 5 to 10 books, you can get up to EUR 100,000.
  • If you plan to publish from 11 to 20 books, you can get up to EUR 200,000. 
  • If you plan to publish 21 books or more, you can get up to EUR 300,000.
Can I apply?

The organisers are waiting for applications from Ukrainian organisations that:

  • Are legal entities, including private entrepreneurs.
  • Are officially registered in Ukraine for more than two years.
  • Apply independently or in tandem with an organisation from the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia or Turkey.
  • Desire to translate, publish and distribute more than five books.
  • Have experience in book publishing.

Read more about the terms of participation here.

What do I need to apply?

Application form completed in English that includes:

  • CVs of the core team and translators.
  • Project description: relevance, concept, sharing the responsibilities in the team, communication strategy and action plan.
  • Detailed budget of the project.
  • Activity reports for the past year.
  • List of implemented projects over the past four years.
  • Declaration with the entire ownership structure of the organisation.
  • Mandate to act on behalf of the consortium if you apply in tandem.

All the documents must be in PDF format. Check the application form templates on the website

How do I apply?
  • If you are applying for the EU programmes for the first time, get your EU login first.
  • Register your organisation and ask to register all the partners so everyone gets a PIC-number.
  • Find your contest on the Funding and Tenders Opportunity Portal, complete the online form and upload the required documents. 

By 16 April, submit the application form. Find step-by-step instructions on the application process on the website.

Good to know
  • You will find out whether you are one of 40 winners in October 2024.
  • Beneficiaries and affiliated organisations must register in the Participant Register and undergo validation by the Central Validation Service.
  • Works must already be published.
  • Works must be written by authors who are nationals of, residents in, or recognised as part of the literary heritage of Ukraine, EU, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Moldova, Norway, North Macedonia, Serbia, Tunisia, or Montenegro.
  • If a translation of the book already exists, justify why it is essential to release another version.
  • The maximum size of the application is 70 pages. You will receive a confirmation email once the proposal is submitted.

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