Translation Fund Competition for Translation of Literary Works into English by PEN America

Deadline : 01 Jun 2020

Scientific organisation: PEN America

Specialities: Languages

Study level: Vocational Education

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Translation Fund Competition for Translation of Literary Works into English by PEN America

PEN America invites translators all over the world to participate in the PEN/Heim Translation Fund competition. The PEN/Heim Translation Fund was established in the summer of 2003 by a gift from Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim in response to the low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Its purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation.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.
  • The Fund seeks to encourage translators to undertake projects they might not otherwise have had the means to attempt.
  • Anthologies with multiple translators, works of literary criticism, and scholarly or technical texts do not qualify.
  • 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.
  • The projects that have been previously submitted and have not received a grant are unlikely to be reconsidered in a subsequent year.
  • Projects may have up to two translators. 
  • Translators may only submit one project per year.

About PEN America:

Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literature of others. PEN America is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The network includes more than 7,200 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.

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