European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships (EuropeAid HQ)

Circulation of European literary works

Last update: Jun 6, 2024 Last update: Jun 6, 2024


Location:EU 27EU 27
Contracting Authority Type:Development Institution
Budget: EUR 5,000,000
Award ceiling: N/A
Award floor: N/A
Sector:Media and Communications, Translation
Eligible applicants:Government / Public Bodies, Private Sector
Eligible nationalities:Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, A ... See more Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Date posted: Nov 15, 2022

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Call Updates

Sep 7, 2023 6:02:14 PM


Published: 15.11.2022

Deadline: 07.03.2023

Available budget: EUR 5 000 000

The results of the evaluation are as follows:

Number of proposals submitted (including proposals transferred from or to other calls): 131

Number of inadmissible proposals: 3

Number of ineligible proposals: 2

Number of above-threshold proposals: 84

Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals: EUR 10 230 133.60

We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

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Mar 8, 2023 10:23:00 AM


Call CREA-CULT-2023-LIT has closed on the 07/03/2023.

131 proposals have been submitted.

Evaluation results are expected to be communicated in July 2023.

Feb 20, 2023 3:41:32 PM

The submission session is now available for: CREA-CULT-2023-LIT(CREA-LS)

Feb 20, 2023 10:28:11 AM

The deadline for submission of the call has been extended to the 7 March 2023 - 17:00.

Section 5 of the 'Topic conditions and documents' has been updated accordingly.

The 'Timetable and deadline' (section 4 of the call document) will be updated accordingly shortly.

Feb 14, 2023 12:20:14 PM

We have been notified of a configuration issue in the budget table (“Tpl_Detailed Budget table (CREA LSII)”) which means that the calculation for partial months (eg 2,4 or 3,7) are not calculated accurately in the detailed budget tabs (BEXXX), as they are systematically rounded up or down.

As a result, applicants can use either person days or person months to complete the detailed budget tables, and they must include in the “Any comments” tab a detailed explanation of the approach they have adopted. 

Nov 15, 2022 12:00:03 AM

The submission session is now available for: CREA-CULT-2023-LIT(CREA-LS)

Circulation of European literary works


Programme: Creative Europe Programme (CREA)
Call: Circulation of European literary works (CREA-CULT-2023-LIT)
Type of action: CREA-LS CREA Lump Sum Grants
Type of MGA: CREA Lump Sum Grant [CREA-AG-LS]
Deadline model: single-stage
Opening date: 15 November 2022
Deadline date: 21 February 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

Objective: This action will support projects that will translate, publish, distribute and promote works of fiction.

Themes and priorities

  • strengthening the transnational circulation and diversity of European literary works;
  • encouraging the translation and promotion of works in lesser-used languages to increase their circulation to larger markets in Europe and beyond;
  • reaching new audiences for European literary works in Europe and beyond;
  • strengthening the competitiveness of the book sector by encouraging cooperation within the book value chain.

In addition,

  • The principle of fair remuneration of writers and translators should be respected in line with the "Translators on the cover" report by the EU Member States’ experts group on multilingualism and translation mandated by the Council under the Open Method of Coordination.
  • Considering the exceptional circumstances in Europe, projects with the objective of providing European or Ukrainian books in Ukrainian language to Ukrainian refugees and displaced people will be encouraged. In this regard, the printing, distribution and promotion of European or Ukrainian works of fiction in Ukrainian will be eligible. NB: Projects should still satisfy the general eligibility conditions and include at least 5 translations.

Activities that can be funded

Translation, promotion and distribution of literary works of fiction as well as activities to help the sales of translation rights in Europe and beyond.

The proposed activities should be grouped, in the application form part B, in coherent work packages (i.e. major sub-division of the project). Each work package must have a corresponding list of activities, deliverables, milestones and critical risks.

Expected Impact

The action will support around 40 projects, implemented either by a single entity (mono-beneficiary) or by a grouping of organisations (multi-beneficiary).

Each project must be based on a sound editorial and promotional strategy covering a package of at least 5 eligible works of fiction translated from and into eligible languages, and must include the following elements:

  • the proposed package contributes to the diversity of literature in the target country (or countries) by including works of fiction from countries that are underrepresented, and in particular works written in lesser-used languages,
  • the distribution strategy ensures wide and easy access to the works for the general public,
  • the promotion strategy contributes to an enlargement and renewal of the audience,
  • the project encourages collaboration between authors, translators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, libraries, festivals, literary events, etc.,
  • the project contributes to raising the profile of translators and respects the principle of fair remuneration,
  • the project addresses the Creative Europe programme cross-cutting issues and the Culture Strand 2023 priorities (see section 1.Background for details).

Cross-cutting Priorities:
Digital Agenda

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