Organisations and institutions
Academy of Czech Literature (Akademie literatury české, ALČ)
The Academy comprises of writers, scholars and critics,whose mission is to contribute to the development of Czech literature. The Academy confers three awards: the Ladislav Fuks Award, the Božena Němcová Award and the Karel Hynek Mácha Award.
The association joins together Czech poets and prose writers. The organisation was founded in 2014/2015 by Czech writers who lacked a functional platform that would advocate living literature’s interests in the Czech Republic. It promotes professional approach to authorship and sees to its prestige. It aims to formulate professional concerns with respect to state institutions and private entrepreneurs. In regard to publishers and other organisers of literary life, the Association seeks “fair-trade” conditions for authors, provides them with information and legal services, and also serves as a place to share their professional experience. The Writers Association functions also as a professional networking organisation, which offers patronage of foreign applicants’ activities connected with contemporary Czech literature and its representation, has a wide contact network in the contemporary regional creative domain, and is able to offer consultant service to foreign organisers in the area of writers’ mobility support, curatorship and such.
Czech Section of International Association of Writers of Detective Stories (Česká asociace autorů detektivní a dobrodružné literatury, AIEP)
Czech Section of The International Board on Books for Young People (Česká sekce IBBY)
The Section organizes the Zlatá stuha (Golden Ribbon) competition.
Czech Centre of International PEN (České centrum Mezinárodního PEN klubu)
The Centre is part of the worldwide association of PEN clubs. The Czech PEN was founded in 1925 by the journalist, novelist and playwright Karel Čapek. Currently it has almost 200 members, its presidium is composed of 12 major Czech authors. To pay homage to its founder and eloquent opponent of totalitarianism, the Czech PEN awards biannual Karel Čapek Awards and the PEN Club Lifetime Achievement Award. Associated with the Czech PEN is the PEN Club Friends’ Society, a civic association which organises authors’ readings, exhibitions, regular spring and autumn literary festivals, as well as discussions with writers in schools, clubs and civic facilities.
Union of Interpreters and Translators (Jednota tlumočníků a překladatelů, JTP)
The Union was founded in 1990, and currently has more than 600 members, who are professional translators, interpreters, and translatology teachers in the Czech and Slovak Republics and in other countries. During the period it has been in existence JTP has established itself as a leading representative of professionals in interpreting and translation fields. The aim of JTP is to achieve appropriate recognition and rewards for the respective professions in society, and at the same time to raise professional standards.
Club of Authors of Non-Fiction (Klub autorů literatury faktu, KALF)
The mission of the Club is the promotion of non-fiction. The Club organizes discussions, symposiums, seminars, etc.
Librarian Institute of the National Library of the Czech Republic (Knihovnický institut Národní knihovny ČR)
Information point for libraries and librarians.
Klementinum 190, 110 00 Praha 1
T +420 221 663 338
F +420 221 663 175
Linguistic Association of the Czech Republic (Jazykovědné sdružení ČR)
The association was founded in 1956. Organizes discussions, maintains contacts with foreign linguists, etc.
Literary Salon (Literární salon)
The Salon organizes readings and publishes books.
The Book Museum (Muzeum knihy)
Founded in 1957, part of the National Museum.
Museum of Karel Čapek (Památník Karla Čapka)
Dedicated to the life and work of Karel Čapek.
Czech Literary Translators´ Guild (Obec překladatelů)
The Guild is a voluntary association of Czech translators of fiction as well as translation theorists, critics, historians and scholars. The role of the Guild is to protect the rights and professional interests of its members and promote the prestige of literary translation and its position in Czech culture. The Guild systematically follows literary translations published in the Czech Republic and in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Czech Literature Foundation awards the annual Josef Jungmann Prize and a number of awards of merit to the best translations of the year. In addition, the Guild holds an annual competition named after Jiří Levý, an eminent Czech translation theorist, with prizes awarded to young translator talents for promising work in several genres; the winners’ works are presented at public readings and published in literary magazines.
Association of Writers (Obec spisovatelů)
The Association of Writers defends the interests of its members. It organizes seminars, conferences, discussions, etc.; every year it organizes seminars for foreign translators of Czech literature and scholars.
Museum of Czech Literature (Památník národního písemnictví, PNP)
The museum was established to acquire, gather, permanently safekeep, catalogue, scientifically process and make available museum collections, specifically, collections of material which document the development of literature and literary culture in the historical Czech lands, including documents on the life, work and legacy of important figures of Czech literature and literary culture from the 18th century until the present, and a collection of works of visual art.
Museum of Literature in Moravia (Památník písemnictví na Moravě)
The museum covers the period from the 9th to the 20th century. The library comrpises of approx. 65,000 publications.
Association of Libraries of the Czech Republic (Sdružení knihoven ČR, SDRUK)
Civic association promoting comics, it organizes the KomiksFEST! Festival (www.komiksfest.cz).
The Franz Kafka Society (Společnost Franze Kafky)
Established in 1990, the Franz Kafka Society is a non-governmental non-profit organization. Its main goal is to contribute to reviving the traditions that gave rise to the phenomenon called Prague German literature, while restoring general awareness of the great significance of cultural plurality in Central Europe, a region where Czechs, Germans and Jews have been living together for centuries. Promoting those traditions, epitomized by the name of Franz Kafka, the Society devotes systematic attention to his works, seeking to make Kafka´s heritage a natural component of the Czech cultural context. The Franz Kafka Society now has some 1,000 members in a total of 23 countries throughout the world.
Society of Friends of Young Poetry (Společnost přátel mladé poezie)
Czech-Austrian society promoting young poets; organizes a competition.
Society of Czech Bibliophiles (Spolek českých bibliofilů, SČB)
The Society of Czech Bibliophiles was established in 1908 as a voluntary organization of collectors, fans and creators of beautiful and rare books and prints with special regard to graphic art, design and bookbinding as well as all other applied arts. The activity of the Society has remained uninterrupted over its more than one-hundred-year history. The main scope of its work currently focuses on publishing bibliophile prints.
Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers (Svaz českých knihkupců a nakladatelů, SČKN)
Founded in 1879, the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers (ACBP) was dissolved in 1949 by the totalitarian regime. The Association, which was restored in 1990, aimed to protect the professional interests of publishers, distributors and booksellers within the context of a market economy. Subsequently in 1997 the ACBP established the company Book World that organizes the largest book fair and festival in Prague. The Association is a member of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) as well as the European Booksellers Federation (EBF), and also cooperates with the Geneva-based International Publishers Association (IPA).
Association of Librarians and Information Staff (Svaz knihovníků a informačních pracovníků ČR, SKIP)
The main objective of the Association is to systematically improve the quality of work in the library and information fields and thus increase their prestige and secure favourable conditions for their development and functioning from the state, library trustees and information institutions.
Union of Czech Writers (Unie českých spisovatelů, UČS)
Founded in 2000 the Union is an organization of professional writers of books, literary scientists, critics, reviewers, and publishers of fiction and poetry.. The goal of the Union is to improve conditions for all writers; to unite writers, literary scientists, critics, translators and publishers; and to promote writing in the Czech Republic. The Union intends to organize international conferences for writers, to establish an information centre for both literary professionals and non-professionals, to publish the works of its members, to organize fellowships and seminars, to offer consultation and expertise, and to cooperate with foreign writers’ organizations, particularly PEN clubs.
Department of Arts and Libraries (Odbor umění a knihoven, OUK)
Every year the Department publishes calls for proposals within the Programme for the Support of the Translation of Czech Literature Abroad; the application must be submitted by the foreign publisher. The deadline is November 15.The grant is designed to support the publication of translated Czech literature (fiction, poetry, drama…) and can be used only to cover the translator´s fees. Priority is given to contemporary literature.
Czech Centres (Česká centra)
The mission of the Czech Centres, an organization funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, is to promote the good name of the country abroad. The organization comprises of more than twenty offices in more than twenty countries worldwide. The individual centres organize exhibitions, readings, concerts, discussions, Czech language courses, etc.
Book World (Svět knihy)
The Book World Ltd. (Svět knihy, s. r. o.), company under the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers (SČKN), regularly organizes a book fair and festival of the same name in Prague as well as Czech literary exhibitions at foreign book fairs, and also publishes the export catalogue Czech Bookworld News.
The Arts Institute-Theatre Institute (Institut umění-Divadelní ústav)
The Arts Institute (AI) was founded in 2005 as a separate department of the Theatre Institute with the mission of advancing and elevating the social prestige of art. The AI supports the exchange of information and experience between artistic fields, provides information and advisory services, pursues educational activities, and presents and promotes Czech art abroad.