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The Cole Foundation Prize for Translation

Award to a Quebec Individual for
Translating a Book from French to English

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Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF)

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Award of $3,000 to a Quebec publisher or translator for excellence in the translation of a book from French to English. Consideration will be given to books that are works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that were originally written in French. Graphic novels, electronic books, and print-on-demand books are also eligible.

The 2021 prize will be given for a book translated from French to English. Next year, it will be given to a book translated from English to French. The prize will continue to alternate on an annual basis between the two sub-categories with a two-year eligibility span for each. It is important to understand that the two sub-categories have very different eligibility criteria.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155527

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Books may be submitted by publishers or translators.

The translator must be alive at the time of submission, and must have a residence in Quebec. A person who has been living outside of Quebec continuously for more than the past five years will be considered ineligible. If there are two translators, one of them must satisfy all of the above requirements.

The prize will be awarded to the translator. Should a book with two translators win, the prize will be divided equally between them, or, if one of them is deceased, between the living translator and the deceased translator’s estate. Books with more than two translators are not eligible.

There is no restriction on the residence of the original author or on the place of publication.

A book may be submitted to the QWF Awards only once.

Anthologies, reprints, and previously published translations are not eligible.

A translated work containing 15% of material that has previously been submitted for the QWF Translation prize is not eligible. Also excluded are children’s books, plays and non-literary books such as: textbooks or books designed primarily for the education market; tertiary material such as indexes, bibliographies, etc.; catalogues; professional reference books; travel guides; instruction or self-help books, manuals, including books which describe how-to techniques, skills or games; cookbooks; calendars, agendas and colouring books.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadlines:
- Books published between August 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021 may be submitted, provided that they were not submitted for the 2019 Awards.
- Books published between August 1, 2019 and May 15, 2021 must be submitted for the June 1, 2021 deadline, along with a completed submission form and a $25 non-refundable submission fee.
- Books coming out between May 16, 2021 and September 30, 2021 must send in the completed submission form and submission fee by the June 1, 2021 deadline. Completed books, ARCs or bound galleys must be received in the QWF office by August 1, 2021. The final published book must be received by September 30, 2021, or the submission will be disqualified.
- Books published between August 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021 may instead be submitted for the 2022 awards.
- In the spring of 2022, there will be a call for submissions for books translated from English to French for the 2022 awards. (The 2020 English-to-French Translation Prize criteria are available on request.)

Publishers with eligible titles are asked to send (or arrange to have sent) 2 copies of the translated book , 1 copy of the original French work, and one PDF of each (French and English) along with a completed submission form, and a $25 non-refundable submission fee for each title submitted by the appropriate deadline date. Payment of registration fees may be made by cheque, or online.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submissions should be sent to:
Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards
1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3
Westmount, QC H3Z 1X4

PDFs should be sent to

For further information, please telephone (514) 244-9088 or email

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