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Frankfurt 2020: Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German

A special opportunity to enhance the international reach of Canadian authors and books.

The Canada Council for the Arts has partnered with the Department of Canadian Heritage to create a new funding initiative for book publishers operating in German-speaking markets.

Grants will go towards supporting the translation of Canadian literary and non-literary works into German, as well as contributing to some associated promotional and production costs.

Open for applications, the initiative runs in the lead up to the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair, when Canada will showcase as the Guest of Honour country.

Application information

Who can apply?

  • Book publishers operating in German-speaking markets

What can you apply for?

  • Translation of Canadian literary and non-literary works into German
  • Expenses for associated promotional and production costs

How can I apply?

Complete and submit the application forms by email (preferred) or by mail/courier.

How funding decisions are made

An internal committee organized by the Canada Council assesses the applications based on the established categories and weighted criteria detailed in the Frankfurt 2020: Incentive for Purchasing Translation Rights and for Publishing in German guidelines. The Canada Council may also seek input from outside experts as needed.

Deadline and Allocated Amount

Any time before the translation is completed

Up to

50% of translation costs up to $20,000

Up to


to cover promotion expenses for certain types of books

Up to


to cover production expenses for certain types of books


Logo - 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair

About the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair serves as the largest global marketplace for publishers, retailers, librarians, editors and authors to network, generate new business, and buy and sell book rights and licenses. The Fair is a central hub showcasing technology and innovation in the book publishing sector, with around 275,000 visitors and 10,000 media representatives attending each year.

Canada celebrated at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair
As the Guest of Honour country of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020, Canada will be responsible for designing and building a pavilion that will feature the country’s rich talent and cultural diversity. The pavilion, which will occupy the Fair’s main stage, will be filled with various Canadian cultural exhibitions; it will also offer programming such as author readings, dance, film and music that will promote Canadian artists and cultural entrepreneurs on the international scene.

For More Information

Joanne Gerber

Program Officer, Supporting Artistic Practice

E-mail: Joanne.Gerber@canadacouncil.ca

Telephone: 613-566-4414, ext. 4519

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4519

TTY: 1-866-585-5559