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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 Resources

Directory of Working Translators

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Translations

August 20, 2013

When I first discovered Rahmani’s work in 2009, I was ignorant of the...

August 20, 2013

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

August 27, 2013

Take a man at noon. He stands erect. Overhead is the sun. I won’t say this...

August 26, 2013

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

August 26, 2013

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

August 18, 2013

Zurita knew from firsthand experience what it was like to be imprisoned...