‘English PEN’ Grants Programme Now Open for Translation Submissions

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English PEN is the founding centre of a global literary network and work to defend and promote free expression, and remove barriers to literature.


This grants programme is part of PEN’s Writers in Translation programme and grants covering up to 75% of translation costs are available for works translated into English. ‘PEN Translates’ runs alongside their existing fund for promotion and publicity of translated works, PEN Promotes which will open for submissions in January 2015.

“We work to remove inequalities, where they exist, which prevent people’s enjoyment and learning from literature. We match writers with marginalised groups such as people in prisons in the UK, in refugee or detention centres and young people in disadvantaged areas, opening minds to reading and creative writing. We facilitate and promote translation into English of published work in foreign languages we consider to be of outstanding literary merit. We celebrate writing of merit and courage through introducing UK audiences to new and acclaimed authors and awarding prizes for achievement.”

If you’re applying

  • The sample translation should be completed by the translator that has been identified in the application form.
  • The first round requires publishers to submit a short sample translation (1500-2000 words).
  • The deadline for applications is Friday 5 December 2014.

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