Publishing support - Luxembourg authors with foreign publishers

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg supports the dissemination of Luxembourg literature among the players of the book industry. The publishing support to foreign publishers for the publication of Luxembourgish authors aims to contribute to the international movement of Luxembourg’s literary creation.


This financial support is intended for foreign professional publishers (commercial companies or non-profit organisations). Publishers in the public sector or similar are not eligible.

The eligible literary genres are:

  • Literary anthology;
  • Biography;
  • Drama;
  • Literary essay;
  • Children’s and youth literature;
  • Poetry;

The minimum print run is 250 copies.

In order to be considered, the work must not yet have been published on the date of the application and must be published at the earliest one month after that date.

Priority is given to contemporary literature by living authors.

Exclusion and restrictions

The support is not intended for:

  • Individuals;
  • Municipalities and associations of municipalities;
  • Schools;
  • Charities.

Kultur | lx’s contribution to translation costs shall not be granted for translation projects:

  • that are intended to raise funds for charity;
  • that are self-published or self-financed.

The publishing support cannot be combined with the translation support.

The total number of submissions by the eligible applicant may not exceed half of the publisher’s total volume of publications per year. Furthermore, the publisher may not submit more than 4 applications a year.

Targeted sectors

Literature and publishing

Decision process

Applications are assessed by the Literature and Publishing Selection committee.

Applications for funding shall be submitted electronically via the Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg platform no later than two months before the start of the project and by the deadline for project proposals.

The submission deadlines for projects in 2024 are as follows:

  • February 15, 2024
  • June 27, 2024
  • December 5, 2024
  • Cultural added value, i.e. positive impact for the author and/or publisher;
  • Economic and business viability of the publishing project, i.e. whether the professional quality of the distribution of the published work is guaranteed (selling price, target audience, editorial situation in the publisher’s country, distribution network, promotional campaigns, literary editorial programme of the publishing house);
  • Literary quality of the work to be published, evidenced by critical and public reception, and potentially by literary prizes and other recognitions;
  • Professional experience of the publisher, assessed from its publications catalogue, the genres and previously published authors, media impact and critiques of previous publications.
Eligible expenses

The aid is calculated on the basis of a reference estimate including the costs of production, preparation, correction and proofreading, the manuscript formatting and copyright.

Only costs that have been agreed in writing by Kultur | lx shall be reimbursed.

Rates and amount of the support

The total amount of the support is limited to EUR 3,500 per work and may not exceed the budgetary limits of Kultur | lx

Payment terms

The support payment is made:

Upon receipt of 3 copies of the subsidised publication, a copy of the legal deposit certificate and an overall invoice made out to the address Kultur | lx (5-7, rue de l’Alzette, L-4011 Esch-sur-Alzette), enclosing copies of the paid invoices covering the various eligible costs.
After verification of the note specifying that Kultur | lx supports the work.
Kultur | lx may be required to reassess the support amount after examining the paid invoices and thus to modify, if necessary, the amount of the subsidy granted, if it notes reductions in print runs or a change in the selling price of the work.

The financial support from Kultur | lx shall be void if the project for which the aid was granted is not completed within the period set at the time the aid was granted. The same applies if one of the terms for granting the aid is no longer met or if the aid was granted on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information.

The invalidity of the granted financial support shall make the institution entitled to get a refund of the payment(s) already made. Occasionally, Kultur | lx may waive the right to refund upon submission of a written request, stating the reasons for the failure to carry out the project beyond the control of the aid beneficiary and their direct causal link with such failure.

Kultur | lx is no longer bound by its decision to grant aid if the editorial project has not been completed within 24 months of the date of approval by the Selection Committee.

Required documentations
  • A catalogue of the publishing house’s publications;
  • A detailed provisional budget for the publication project;
  • A copy of the agreement signed by the publishing rights holder (if applicable);
  • A copy of the agreement signed by the author granting the publication of his/her work;
  • Articles of association of the publishing house;
  • Financial statement for year N-1.
    The form can be completed in French or English.
  • Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be processed. The absence of any supporting documentation in the applicant’s file must be duly justified.
Mention of Kultur | lx

The beneficiary of the support must include the Kultur | lx logo on its communication materials, with the statement “With the support of Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg”.