Applications for the FLAD programme to support Translation of literary works opens this Friday. This program aims to promote Portuguese authors in the U.S. market and support Portuguese publishers, by enabling works by American authors who would not, otherwise, be published in Portugal.

FLAD launches this Friday the third edition of the open call for the translation of literary works from Portuguese to English and from English to Portuguese. The contest will be open until october 31st.

In previous editions, FLAD supported the translation of 11 literary works, such as Brit Bennett’s The Other Half, The World Does Not Have to Be Like This – Biography of António Guterres, by Pedro Latoeiro and Filipe Domingues,and Vita Nova, by Nobel Prize winner of Literature, Louise Glück.


  • National publishers may submit works, fiction or non-fiction, which are not published in Portugal, as long as the original English version is already published in the United States.
  • Authors and publishers in the United States may also submit works that are not published in the U.S., and it is an essential requirement that the original version be published in Portuguese.

The financial support provided by FLAD will be intended to bear the costs of translating the literary work and will focus on books of any era that are considered of interest to the knowledge of the USA in Portugal and of Portugal in the USA.

FLAD’s decision will be announced by the last day of the month following the closing of each edition of the open call.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • 1 copy of the book (on paper or pdf);
  • Justification of the request for financial support;
  • CV of the translator;
  • Translation budget;
  • Translation contract;
  • Copyright or document agreement attesting for the author’s assignment of rights;
  • Indication of other existing support for translation and/or editing;
  • Justification of commercialization and distribution capacity;
  • Publication deadline of the book;

We advise you to consult the contest regulations (PT-USA – English and/or Portuguese – and USA-PT), where you can find all the details about the application.


The applications submitted will be analyzed and selected by FLAD, taking into account the relevance of the literary work and the feasibility of its publication. FLAD reserves the right to select one or more applications, as well as not to select any application if it concludes that none meets the requirements of quality, relevance, or other specifications. The final decision, of which there will be no appeal, will be communicated by FLAD, via e-mail, to all candidates.

Applications must be made by October 31 through the link:

Thank you and see you soon!