Criteria for the award

The Jan Michalski Foundation provides support for high quality projects related to literature in the broad sense of the term. These include projects contributing to literary promotion, publishing and research. Applications for support are made by non profit-making bodies, associations and foundations, well-known actors in cultural circles and, on an exceptional basis, individuals who show talent that is worthy of encouragement. In light of its international vocation, the Jan Michalski Foundation supports projects irrespective of their country of origin and their geographical scope.



•    Literary events : literature festivals, readings, debates, conferences…
•    Writing and literary translation workshops
•    Exhibitions devoted to literature and writers
•    Literary research
•    The publication of literary archives, re-editions of rare works that are out of print
•    Literary manifestos
•    Literature prizes
•    Assistance for publication

Individual projects are excluded (theses, grants, study trips, training …), as are profit-making, commercial and promotional projects.


Projects for which financial support is requested are evaluated by a committee chaired by Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, President of the Council of the Foundation, normally on a monthly basis. When examining applications, the committee reserves the right to request additional information and, if necessary, to meet those responsible for the project.

Applications have to be in conformity with the requirements established by the Jan Michalski Foundation (see Submit a project). They must include the documents that are indispensable for their evaluation, particularly in relation to the following criteria on which decisions are based :

•   Quality and coherence of the literary project
•   Literary dimension of the project, expected impact, value
•   Capacity to promote literature among the public
•   Professionalism and competence of those engaged in the project to ensure its implementation
•   Feasibility of the project in relation to the planned financing
•   Evidence of a need for financing

The decision on whether or not to grant support rests with the President of the committee, which remains free to make its decisions as it sees fit. The organizers of the project are informed of the decision in writing. There shall be no appeal or request for justification.


The financial assistance will be paid upon presentation of an invoice for the amount granted providing the electronic references of the bank for settlement. If the supported project should be abandoned for any reason, those responsible are under the obligation to inform the Jan Michalski Foundation as soon as possible.


The beneficiaries undertake to publish the logo of the Jan Michalski Foundation or to refer to it explicitly in any communication relating to the project, both written and multimedia. They shall also keep the Jan Michalski Foundation informed of the progress of the project and shall submit a report thereon.

The Jan Michalski Foundation reserves the right to refer to the project on its Internet site and to cover it in its electronic newsletter.