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Tools for Translators


The PEN America Translation Committee advocates for 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.

Translation Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 PEN Translation Awards! They were honored, along with the winners of the other awards, in a ceremony held on September 29, 2014, at The New School, in New York City. Recipients of grants from the PEN/Heim Translation Fund were also honored.

Click here for photographs from the event, including photos of translation award presenter Natasha Wimmer and the winners of the 2014 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley

Click here to read an interview with Emmerich and Keeley about their work on Yannis Ritsos’s Diaries of Exile

To view the longlists for PEN’s 2014 Translation Awards, 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 Books), 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


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


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


Recommended Readings on Translation

An annotated list by renowned German translator and PEN member Burton Pike



A selection of literary journals seeking 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

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