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Pro Helvetia covers up to 100% of the effective translation costs for literary works by Swiss authors (fiction and poetry), books for children and teenagers (where they may cover part of the licensing fees), non-fiction books by Swiss authors on cultural and and artistic topics pertaining to Switzerland, and plays by Swiss dramatists (including surtitles).

Applications must be submitted to Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council by the licensed publisher. Pro Helvetia accepts applications at any time, but they must be submitted at least three months before a book goes to print.

Application portal:

Applications should include:

  • signed copies of the licence agreement and the translation contract
  • original text and its translation (at least 20 pages)
Translation fees will be paid out directly to the translator by Pro Helvetia upon publication. Translation fees are based on the translation contract and calculated according to the etablished rates in the country in question.
Contact Person:
Angelika Salvisberg
Head, Literature and Society
Tel: +41 44 267 71 26