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While waiting to be able to welcome residents to Seneffe in normal circumstances again, Passa Porta wishes to continue to highlight the essential work performed by translators, who act as real bridges between cultures and languages.

In line with the missions of the Maison des Littératures, 20 grants will be awarded to translations of French-language Belgian literary texts. These grants (€1,500 per selected application) are primarily intended to encourage and promote the dissemination of contemporary texts and authors.

The selected applicants will be asked to provide, by the end of 2021, a relevant extract of their work in the target language (as well as the corresponding passage in the source language). Each of the extracts will be published on the Passa Porta website. The selected passage will be representative of the translation as a whole, which must also be submitted to the relevant publisher by late 2021.

Passa Porta is also committed to promoting the selected translators and their work within the context of Lisez-vous le belge?, a campaign aimed at making French-language Belgian literature better known to all audiences.

How to apply?

Applications must be sent by 31 October 2021 at the latest, by email, to this address:

seneffe@passaporta.be. Candidates will be informed of their selection (or not) by mid November, after the committee has made its decision.

The application file must include:

  1. a presentation of the translation project (among others, the possibility of disseminating the translation, the importance of making the text known to the target audience, the stylistic features of the work, etc.).
  2. a publishing contract and the agreement of the author or copyright holder (and, if necessary, a translation of these documents into French, Dutch, English, Spanish, Italian or German).
  3. a CV.

Applicants will be expected to submit their translation to the relevant publisher by the end of 2021.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email the project coordinator (seneffe@passaporta.be).