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Brazil is offering grant to foreign translators

31 de julho de 2016

The National Library Foundation has issued two public notices to promote Brazilian literature abroad. The programs will give support to local authors and foreign translators of Brazilian works.

São Paulo – The National Library Foundation, a branch of Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, has issued two public notices for programs promoting Brazilian literature abroad. The grants will benefit local authors and foreign translators of Brazilian works.

The Fellowship Program of Foreign Translators in Brazil focuses on professionals that translate from Portuguese into another language. The candidates are required to already have a translation underway of a Brazilian author’s work that was published in the country. Registrations will be open until September 2.

The grants will provide for a living period in Brazil that can vary from 15 to 30 days and that needs to be scheduled from October 17 to December 20 of this year. The translators need to have ongoing works in literature or humanities, especially in the following genres: novel, short story, poetry, chronicle, children’s and/or young adults’ literature, drama, reference book, literary essay, social science essay, history essay, science popularization essay, poetry anthology, or short story anthology. 

Another requirement is for the translator to already have a signed agreement on the work with a foreign publishing company. The translation work must not have been completed as of the translator’s arrival in Brazil, and the translation projects need to be carried out directly from Portuguese into other languages. The public notice also specifies a minimum print run of 500 copies.

The program is offering three grants that can reach up to BRL 10,000 (USD 3,082) each. The amount offered can vary since it considers the time spent by the translator in Brazil and the costs of air and ground transportation. The list with those selected will be released on September 26.

Brazilians abroad

The Exchange Program for Brazilian Authors Abroad aims to promote the participation of local writers in literary events in other countries. The support goes to foreign publishing companies and cultural institutions that wish to hold literary events with Brazilian authors abroad. The term cultural institutions includes cultural centers, universities, literary festivals and similar organizations.

The support can reach up to USD 1,500. The amount will vary according to the budget presented by the applicant. Registrations are open until September 5 and the results will be released on September 28. The trips and events need to take place from October 20 to December 31 of this year.

The authors invited to take part in events abroad need to have published at least a book in Brazil in the areas of literature or humanities, especially in the following genres:

Novel, short story, poetry, chronicle, children’s or young adults’, comic book, drama, reference book, literary essay, social science essay, or science popularization essay.

Further information on the Fellowship Program of Foreign Translators in Brazil at http://migre.me/uu7wh.

Further information on the Exchange Program of Brazilian Authors Abroad at http://migre.me/uu7E7.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani