About our grant assessors
For both PEN Translates and PEN Presents, we commission literary translators who are not involved in the proposed projects, and who are specialists in the language and context of the proposed words, to write independent assessments (reader reports) for each application. These assessments are considered alongside the applications by the Selection Panel, an independent, cross-sector group of experts who determine the final awards.
We recognise the importance of access and transparency in the recruitment of assessors, and the value of assessment work to the development and financial viability of translators’ careers. As such, we have implemented an open recruitment process for our assessor pool.
Twice a year, during our biannual submission windows for grant applicants – in October–November and April–May – we will also open this form for translators to apply to join the assessor pool.
Joining the assessor pool means we will approach you if we receive relevant applications which we would like to invite you to assess; it doesn’t guarantee you will be commissioned to assess a proposal.