PEN Presents

At English PEN we want to help publishers to discover – and publish – the most exciting books from around the world, and we want to support emerging translators in their development as advocates for international literature.

Each year English PEN presents six exciting books by contemporary authors, recommended by literary translators, which have not yet been acquired for English-language publication. Each round of PEN Presents focusses on a different region of the world.

This initiative is the successor to PEN Samples, which ran from 2009 to 2015 on a rolling basis. Browse awarded titles from this period.

We hope that this page is a useful resource for UK publishers looking to acquire more books from other languages. Please click on a region below to browse PEN Presents-winning books and all relevant rights information. PDF catalogues for each region are also available to download.

Translators interested to submit a book to a future round of PEN Presents can find out more by clicking on ‘How to apply’, below.