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French Voices Seeking American Publishers

The French Voices Award honors both translators and American publishers for their work with the goal of creating a series of U.S.-published books representing the very best of contemporary French writing in every field. The following titles, selected by a professional jury, were chosen for their originality and the quality of their translation. Some of our award winners are looking for an American publisher. We believe that all titles currently looking for a home have the potential to touch American readers. 

Requirements for the title’s new home:

  • Publisher's active involvement in the translation and publishing of the French author.
  • Distribution and promotion of the work on the American market (and possibly beyond).
  • Publisher should commit to a minimum print-run of 500 copies.
  • No contract for printing on demand only will be accepted.
  • Publisher will work with the translator who submitted the application for the award.
  • All works should be identified by the French Voices Logo and include a foreword by an American writer.

Compensation:

  • French Voices Award: For each title, the American publisher will receive a sum of $6,000, to be divided between the publisher ($4,000) and the translator ($2,000) (or $5,000 to the publisher and $1,000 to the translator for an illustrated work) upon signature of contracts with French publisher, translator and Face Foundation.
  • French Voices Grand Prize: For each title, the American publisher will receive a sum of $6,000, to be divided between the publisher ($6,000) and the translator ($4,000) (or $7,000 to the publisher and $3,000 to the translator for an illustrated work) upon signature of contracts with French publisher, translator and Face Foundation.

    2020 FRENCH VOICES AWARDS

    La Réponse à Lord Chandos by Pascal Quignard, Tr. by Stéphanie Boulard and Timothy Lavenz (Éditions Galilée – Please contact Timothy Lavenz and Stéphanie Boulard for further information.)

    In an imagined response to Hofmannstal’s 1901 "Lord Chandos Letter", Quignard mirrors the direct and “interminable” style of the original, as well as its language and citations, yet offers an opposing view of life in language. He counters the idea that silence lies outside or before language and rejects Chandos’s renunciation of literature. He makes a plea instead for literature as that which "puts language to silence" to make the cry of the soul heard. This detailed and compelling vision of the capability of the written word condenses Quignard’s poetics and offers a wellspring of themes to which he insistently returns in later works. Quignard’s fluid prose is exceptional and deserving of international recognition. 


    L’Invention des corps by Pierre Ducrozet, Tr. by Margaret Morrison (Actes Sud – Please contact Nathalie Alliel  for further information) 
    This ambitious novel follows Álvaro, a young Mexican teacher and hacker, on the run from an Army massacre of his students. He crosses into the US illegally and falls into the hands of a Silicon Valley billionaire determined to cheat death by performing transhuman experiments. Eventually fleeing with a brilliant geneticist, they discover a new community, and a new way of being themselves. The road trip narrative deals with many current topics which are crucial for our human future. It takes on a number of important contemporary concerns: artificial intelligence, the use and abuse of the natural order, and the question of elites who may or may not be secretly ruling the world. L’Invention des corps combines some fantastic writing and gripping plots. It received the Prix de Flore in 2017. 

     


    2019 FRENCH VOICES AWARDS

    Catharsis by Luz, Tr. by Sophia Barry
    (Catharsis, Futuropolis, 2015 / Seeking an American publisher - please contact Sylvian Coissard for further information) 

    Catharsis outlines Luz's trials and tribulations in processing and overcoming his grief following the 2015 terrorist attack at the magazine Charlie Hebdo that claimed 12 lives, 8 of whom were employees and close friends of Luz. Through Catharsis, we accompany Luz through the raw, messy, confusing journey of suffering, life, and love post-tragedy."In these untitled comic books, Luz self-analyzes and delivers a poignant testimony of the fatal day, and those coming after."—Libération


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