Practical information for translators

Translators are eligible to become members of PEN and we would welcome more translators as members.  Click here to find out more about Membership of English PEN.

The following information may be useful to translators:


The Translators Association recommends minimum rates of renumeration.  Currently, these are:

£90 per 1,000 words for prose

£1 per line for poetry


The Institute of Linguists Edudational Trust is an awarding body which offers vocationally related qualifications in a wide variety of languages from ‘A’ Level to post-graduate equivalent.  Find out more here

American PEN’s Handbook for Literary Translators

Although the information contained in this document relates specifically to the USA, some of the more general information is useful nevertheless, particularly for translators new to the industry – read it here.

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