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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

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


Answers to common questions regarding translation rights and contracts.


PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

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


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

Longlists have been announced for the 2015 PEN literary awards, including the PEN Translation Prize (for prose) and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Shortlists will be announced April 15, and the winners will be announced May 13.

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