Grants and Awards

Created in 1958 by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL), Jabuti Award is the most traditional and prestigious literary prize in Brazil, granting the winners recognition from the Brazilian intellectual community.

Publishing houses of several segments and independent writers apply annually their books hoping for the desired statuette and the recognition it provides. Winning a Jabuti is a desire by all of those who consider a book as an ideal of life. It is a distinction that gives to its winner much more than a financial reward. Winning a Jabuti represents to the book the ballast of the Brazilian intellectual community, it means to be admitted to a group of remarkable writers that are part of national literature.

The 2017 edition of the Jabuti Award presented for the first time the category BRAZILIAN BOOK PUBLISHED ABROAD. The award is meant to the Foreign Publisher that bought and published in first edition the Brazilian book abroad and also to the Brazilian Publisher that sold the copyright of this book.

The Brazilian Publishers project offer foreign publishers grants to support the translation (into any language) of works by Brazilian writers aiming at publishing and distribution abroad of books in printed or digital formats previously edited in Portuguese in Brazil.

This Translation Grant program lasts 18 months, from 01/01/2018 to 30/06/2019.

The Program may benefit publishers with projects into the following support forms:

  • Rights
  • Original translations: never-before published in the foreign country
  • New Translations: already translated works in need of new translations due to ephemeris, tribute or updates
  • Physical books
  • Reissue of Brazilian works already translated in the foreign country, but out of print and out the market for at least three years
The Brazilian National Library / Ministry of Culture supports the promotion of Brazilian books abroad through financial incentives for publishers, cultural institutions and translators.

To know more information about how to apply, click here

There are four different kinds of support available:
Support for the Translation and Publication of Brazilian Authors Abroad

Foreign publishers may request a grant of up to US$ 8.000 for the translation and publication of works by Brazilian authors. In the case of reprints, grants of up to US$ 4.000 are available. Over the last 20 years, some 700 grants have been given to publishers from over 40 countries.

For further information, send an e-mail to translation@bn.br
International Exchange Program for Brazilian Authors

Foreign publishers and cultural institutions may apply for grants up of US$ 2.000 to cover the travel expenses of Brazilian authors participating in literary festivals, books tours and residency programs, among other professional activities.

For further information, send an e-mail to: intercambioautores@bn.br
Support for the publication of Brazilian authors in the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP)

Publishers from CPLP (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor and Portugal) may request support for the publication of Brazilian authors.

For further information, send an e-mail to programacplp@bn.br
Residency program for foreign translators in Brazil

Foreign translators already working on the translation of a Brazilian book may apply for support for a working residency in Brazil.

For further information, send an email to: tradutoresbrasil@bn.br