PEN Translates assessors

Are you a literature, language and translation enthusiast? Become a PEN Translates assessor and help us support the translation of great literature.

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Calling all literature and translation enthusiasts! If you have translation experience, are passionate about literature and are fluent in a foreign language, then English PEN is looking for you.

We are looking for assessors for our PEN Translates grant programme to help us choose which books have the right combination of literary quality, strength of publishing project and contribution to cultural diversity to meet our criteria. Our assessors read manuscripts in their original language as well as a sample translation and the application form by the publisher. Their reports are crucial in informing our selection panel about the particular qualities of the submitted book. Find out more about PEN Translates here.

Our assessors will ideally have experience within the publishing and/or translation field, as well as specialist linguistic and cultural knowledge of the relevant country. Assessors will be paid a fee of £140 per application assessed, or £250 if the title assessed is over 500 pages in length.

In particular, we are looking for those with experience in Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian (Hayeren), Assamese, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Belarusian, Bengali (Bangla), Bhutanese (Dzongkha), Burmese, Catalan, Dari Persian (Fārsī-ye Darī), Estonian, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hassaniya Arabic, Hebrew (Ivrit), Hindi, Icelandic, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Japanese (Nihongo), Kannada, Kashmiri, Khalkha Mongol, Khmer, Kirundi, Kiswahili, Korean (Choso’nmal or Choson’o), Korean (Hangungmal), Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Marathi, Moldovan, Moroccan Arabic , Nepali, Norwegian, Nyanja (Chichewa, Chewa) Oriya, Occitan, Panjabi,  Pashto (Pashtu, Pushtu), Pedi, Romanian, Russian, Rwanda (Kinyarwanda, Bantu vernacular), Sanskrit,  Sesotho, Setswana, Sindhi,  Sinhala, siSwati (Swazi), Spanish (especially with knowledge of Latin America), Swedish, Tajik, Tamil,  Telugu, Tetum, Thai, Tigrinya, Tshivenda (Venda), Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian,  Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh and Xitsonga (Tsonga).

To find out more, please contact enquiries@englishpen.org, stating your language/s and interests.

By supporting English PEN and PEN Translates you’ll be helping great works of literature get published into English for the first time.

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