PEN Translates open for submissions

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English PEN is pleased to announce that the PEN Translates grants programme is now open for submissions. This grant is part of our Writers in Translation programme. Grants covering up to 75% of translation costs are available for works translated into English*

Please note that for this round (and in all subsequent rounds) we request that publishers submit a short sample translation (1500-2000 words) with their application to PEN Translates. The sample translation should be completed by the translator that has been identified in the application form.

Our PEN assessors evaluate applications and original manuscripts against the following criteria: Literary Quality, Strength of the Project and Contributing to Literary Diversity. A panel of experts then make the final selection of books for inclusion in the PEN Translates portfolio of supported titles. The panel will be looking for a range of languages, genres, and a good balance of male and female authors for the final selection.

All PEN supported titles are featured on our World Bookshelf, which is run in partnership with Foyles.

If you are interested in applying, you will find more information online including the Application Form and detailed Guidance for Applicants (which includes eligibility guidelines). These documents are also attached to this email. Please ensure you read the guidance and submission criteria before applying and submit applications as Word documents (not pdf). Please make sure you are using the most recent application form, attached.

The deadline for applications is Friday 5 December 2014. 

PEN Translates runs alongside our existing fund for promotion and publicity of translated works, PEN Promotes which will open for submissions in January 2015.

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