Institut français India has announced the launch of the very first Romain Rolland Book Prize, an award for the best translation of a French title in India. Translations into all Indian languages (including English) are being considered for any literary fiction title published between 1st January 2015 and 31st March 2017.

The jury composed to shortlist the entries include Namita Gokhale, author, founder and co-director of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival; Annie Montaut, Professor of Hindi at INALCO (Paris); Michèle Albaret- Maatsch, literary translator Renuka George, literary translator; and Chinmoy Guha, Professor, University of Calcutta and literary translator.

For regional languages, consultants will join in to assess the quality of the translation. The jury will be chaired by the Embassy of France in India. The awardee will be announced at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 / Jaipur BookMark 2018. The publisher and the translator of the winning translation would also win a curated trip to Paris Book Fair in March 2018.