PEN Presents supports and showcases sample translations, funding the often-unpaid work of creating samples, giving UK publishers access to titles from underrepresented languages and regions, and helping diversify the translated literature landscape.

PEN Presents is currently open for submissions from translators anywhere in the world, for proposals to create sample translations of previously untranslated works in any language, of any form, genre and style.



Explore our latest issue of selected samples, edited and ready to be acquired by publishers of literature in translation into English, and find out about upcoming rounds of PEN Presents.


Explore Issue 1

Literatures of the languages of India

Six samples representing four of the languages of India – Bangla, Hindi, Kannada and Gujarati – were selected for the inaugural round of PEN Presents, in partnership with the British Council. Explore the books and read the samples.

Explore Issue 1

Submit a proposal to PEN Presents

The second round of PEN Presents – for translations of works from any region, originally published in any language – is open for proposals until 11.59 GMT on 31 January 2023, in collaboration with Translating Women and supported by an Open Innovation Platform grant from the University of Exeter and the AHRC project Changing the Landscape: Diversity and Translated Fiction in the UK Publishing Industry. Future rounds of PEN Presents will alternate between language-, region-, or genre-specific calls and open calls, for works of all genres, languages and geographies.

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Search the PEN Presents winners

Explore all the samples selected through PEN Presents.