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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Translators to Promote the Publication of Literary Translations in English

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $4,000 to USA, Canada, and International translators to promote the publication of literary translations in English. Priority is given to translators at the beginning of their careers, and to works of fiction, drama, poetry, or creative nonfiction by underrepresented writers working in underrepresented languages. The purpose of funding is to introduce English-speaking audiences to new and exciting voices through major international works and to encourage younger translators to enter the field.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who is Eligible:
- Translations of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama, originally written by a single individual.
- Translations should not have previously appeared in English in print or should have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation.
- Works should be translations-in-progress, as the grant aims to provide support for completion.
- There are no restrictions on the nationality or citizenship of the translator, but the works must be translated into English.
- Projects may have a maximum of two translators but are limited to one original author.

NOT eligible: Translations of works with multiple original authors, such as anthologies, translations of literary criticism, and scholarly or otherwise technical texts.

Projects that have been previously submitted and have not received a grant are unlikely to be reconsidered in a subsequent year. Translators who have previously been awarded grants by the Fund are ineligible to reapply for three years after the year in which they receive a grant–for example, grant recipients from 2020 are now eligible to reapply.

Pre-Application Information
Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2023 through June 1, 2023.


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants of $2,000 - $4,000

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