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Tools for Translators


The PEN America Translation Committee advocates on behalf of literary translators, working to foster a wider understanding of their art and offering professional resources for translators, publishers, critics, bloggers, and others with an interest in international literature. The committee is currently cochaired by Margaret Carson and Alex Zucker. Contact us at pen.translation at gmail.com. 

Translation Resources

Directory of Working Translators
A listing of PEN members working as translators in more than 25 different languages.

Model Contract for Literary Translations
A template of a standard publishing contract for a literary work in translation, covering copyright and reversion of rights, royalties, publicity, and other basics.

Translation FAQs
Answers to common questions regarding literary translation and publishing.

PEN/Heim Translation Fund
Grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama.

PEN Translation Prize
Awarded each year to honor a book-length translation from any language into English.

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
Presented each year to recognize a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English.

PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation
Awarded every third year to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work.

A selection of literary journals seeking works in translation.

A list of presses, large and small, that publish works in translation.

Grants / Awards / Residencies
Opportunities for translation funding and support.

Recommended Readings on Translation
An annotated list by PEN member Sandra Smith, translator of Irène Némirovsky and Albert Camus.

The best source for literary translation events in the NYC area is Susan Bernofsky’s blog, Translationista.

Translators, Rates, Money, and Unions”: Translation Committee cochair Alex Zucker, on the Three Percent podcast, talks about the business of literary translation.

News and Updates

Catch Translation Committee members in this year's New Literature from Europe Festival, Nov. 7 (Translation Slam) and Nov. 8 (Women in Translation) in NYC.

Apply now for a grant of $2,000–$4,000 from the PEN/Heim Translation Fund. Application deadline is Nov. 16, 2015.

Featured Translations

Lee Klein is the recipient of a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for...


GO is a coming-of-age novel that depicts the life of an ethnic Korean...

Jennifer Croft is the recipient of a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant...

Meg Matich, a recipient of a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant,...

Published in 1937, The Absolute Gravedigger is the culmination of Vítězslav...

Shadows rest on these benches / and you weep lion tears / and bite me with...

Truffles are notoriously difficult to domesticate, and I have taken this to...

In pieces selected by the poet and translator from thirty years of...

Permeated with themes of politics and exile, the poems of Chinese "exiled...

Published in French in 1916, Gaston de Pawlowski’s book is a catalog of...

The novel that propelled Aurora Venturini to literary stardom at the age of...