English PEN is now accepting submissions to its PEN Translates! programme which offers grants for translation. Launched in 2012, this unique new fund is open to submissions from all UK-based publishers.
PEN Translates! will fund up to 75% of translation costs for selected projects. When a publisher’s annual turnover is less than £100,000 we will consider supporting up to 100% of translation costs.
Work from all languages is eligible and it is not essential for publishers to have acquired the rights at the time of application.
The submitted project may be in the form of fiction (including children’s literature), non-fiction, poetry, prose or plays (for print edition), but not magazines.
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 in the final selection.
Please note that this programme (unlike our programme for promotional grants) does not ask for books to have a link to the PEN Charter; this is not one of the established criteria.
The deadline for submissions will be Friday 28 June 2013
If you wish to be added to the PEN Translates! mailing list or if you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org