British Centre for Literary Translation

Opportunities funding, competitions and help for translators

Opportunities

PEN Translates!

The PEN Translates! Grants Programme is now open for submissions until Friday 5 December 2014.

Applications are invited for all literary genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. The fund is open to submissions from all UK-based publishers.

PEN Translates! is run by English PEN and is backed by Arts Council England. This major fund for literary translation distributes £120,000 per year to translators and publishers and will support up to 20 works of outstanding literary merit translated from any world language.

English PEN also produce a useful spreadsheet listing possible sources of funding for translators working in the UK and Europe.

Find out more

PEN Promotes!

This programme awards grants to UK publishers to help, promote, market and champion titles that are being translated into English and are under contract to be published.

Find out how to apply at the English PEN website

Literature Across Frontiers

Literature Across Frontiers is a European platform for literary exchange, translation and policy debate.  Surveys of national organisations and publishers supporting literary translation can be downloaded from the LAF website.  LAF also publishes data and statistics on literary translations in the UK and Ireland.

Find out more at the LAF website

Download the list of publishers in the UK and Ireland who publish translations

Translators in Schools 2015

After two successful pilot programmes and in reponse to growing demand, Translators in Schools are launching the programme as an ongoing training scheme.

The 2015 programme will include a training day for multi-lingual teachers and a three-stage course for translators and bi-lingual teaching assistants.

Find out more at the Translators in Schools website

Residencies

BCLT is a member of RECIT, the network for European literary translation houses. Visit the RECIT website for more information about residencies at translation centres in the network.

BCLT hosts the Charles Wallace India trust residencies for translators from India. Unfortunately we are not able to offer a residency programme for translators from other languages.

Charles Wallace India Trust

Find out more about the Charles Wallace India Trust

John Dryden Translation Competition

Sponsored jointly by BCLT and the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)

Congratulations to the winning and commended entries in the 2014 John Dryden Translation Competition. The first prize was won by Lesley Lawn for her translation from French of  ‘La Muette’ by Chahdortt Djavann

Winners have been invited to read from their translations at the prize giving event on 4 October at SOAS, University of London,  as part of the BCLA’s AGM and Colloquy.

The  2014-15 competition is now open for entries. The closing date is 16 February 2015.

Find out more at the BCLA website

Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize 2014

The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries.

Judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell and now in association with the London Magazine, this biennial prize celebrates the long friendship between Joseph Brodsky and Stephen Spender as well as the rich tradition of Russian poetry.

The closing date is Friday 5 December 2014.

Enter now at the Stephen Spender Trust website

Emerging Translators Network

The Emerging Translators Network is a forum and support network for early-career literary translators working into English (primarily) and focused essentially on the UK,

ETN provides an email-based discussion group, where you can ask questions, seek and give advice, exchange tips and resources, post details of events and opportunities or even pass on work. Occasional meetings, socials, events and workshops are held in London throughout the year. Members outside London also organize meetings in their own areas.

It’s free to join, but prospective members should demonstrate a genuine interest in developing a career in literary translation

Find out more at the Emerging Translators Network website

Call for Entries: European Literature Night

Translators are invited to pitch an exciting work with international potential by a European author for the ELN Translation Pitch.

This new event, part of the 2015 ELN Series is open to all translators living in the UK or in in mainland Europe who have an author whose work they are proposing to translate into English and develop for publication.

The six best proposals will be shortlisted and the selected translators will compete for the Best Pitch by presenting their project live to a jury and audience at Free Word on 4 June 2015.

The winning translator will be offered support and promotion by English PEN and Free Word. The winning translation will be subsidised by English PEN and published on their website with an accompanyhing interview on the Free Word site. PEN will also commission a professional reader’s report to accompany the sample translation so that it can be presented to UK publishers.

Closing date: 16 January 2015

Further details at the English PEN website

 

French and German Poetry Translation Workshops.

French and German poetry translators are invited to join a  bi-monthly workshop in Central London.

The group has been running for 10 years and has published two bi-lingual anthologies (both available at the South Bank) –  ‘Over the Water’  (pub. by Hearing Eye) and ‘Across Frontiers.  There is no fee, but anyone interested is invited to submit 3 – 4 translations from either French or German, and then to attend one meeting to see if the experience is satisfactory for everyone. Members come from Edinburgh, Essex, Oxford , Germany and North and South London.

Workshops meet on a Sunday 10.30 – 4.30.  Lunch and tea are provided.

Further details from ruth.camdenmews@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

(ruth.camdenmews@blueyonder.co.uk)

Payment Rates for Literary Translation

The negotiation of fees is a matter for the individual translator and client to resolve.

It is the experience of the Society of Authors, when reviewing contracts, that UK publishers are prepared to pay in the region of £88.50 per 1,000 words.

Find out more at the Translators Association website

Translate in the City

Save the date for the Translate in the City Summer School 2015.

This immersion course in literary translation across the genres takes place at City University London  6-10 July 2015. Booking opens January 2015.

 

 

EU Grants for Literary Translation

Creative Europe aims to support the translation of 4,500 books over the next 6 years. Publishers and publishing groups can apply for up to EUR 100 000  for the translation, production and promotion of European fiction.

The funding deadline for the next call is 3 February 2015.

Download an information sheet from the Creative Europe Action Desk UK.