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Tools for Translators


The PEN Translation Committee advocates for literary translators, working to foster a wider understanding of their art and offering professional resources for translators, publishers, critics and others with an interest in international literature.

Translation Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 PEN Translation Awards! They will be honored, along with the winners of the other awards, in a ceremony on Monday, September 29, 2014, at The New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, in New York City.


Click here to read the official press release. And help us congratulate the honorees!


To view the 2014 longlists, click here. To view the shortlists, click here.


PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000): For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2013.


Judge: Kimiko Hahn


Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos (Archipelago), translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley


PEN Translation Prize ($3,000): For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2013.


Judges: Ann Goldstein, Becka McKay, and Katherine Silver


Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (New York Review Books), translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull and Nikolai Formozov




Translation Resources

Directory of Working Translators

A listing of PEN Members working as translators in more than 25 different languages


A Model Contract

A template of a standard publishing contract for a work in translation, covering royalties, publicity, and reversion of rights


A few helpful answers to some common questions regarding translation rights and contracts


The PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

Grants that support translations of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English


Books on Translation

A selection of critical works on the theories and methods behind translating literature

Translation Programs

A listing of academic programs that offer courses and degrees in translation


A selection of academic and literary journals that publish works in translation


Grants / Awards / Residencies

Prizes and fellowships that are available to translators in order to help them complete their work


Contact information for presses that publish works in translation


Featured Translations

I am a girl. I have two obedient sisters, six brothers, and a father who...

Approaching words as assemblages of letters, Kamensky employs the Futurist...

Tango with Cows is a key artifact in the history of Russian Futurism,...

No one is the homeland, was the / apparent scream of the blind planks / in...

"I thought: here is an author who unites disparate readerships, surely of...

My mother is the goddess of the seas. My fetus still floats in her womb....