The PEN/Heim Translation Fund awards grants of $2,000-$4,000 for writers who wish to translate international work into English.

The Fund was established in the summer of 2003. Over the 16 years of its existence, it has given grants to nearly 200 translations from over 35 languages, including Armenian, Basque, Estonian, Farsi, Finland-Swedish, Lithuanian and Mongolian, as well as French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic.

Among the 108 projects awarded grants in the Fund’s first 13 years of operation (2004–2016), 91 (nearly 70 percent) have thus far been published or are forthcoming from a publisher. Many of those books found their publishers as a result of being awarded a grant by the Fund. In addition to being excerpted and favorably reviewed in a host of magazines including The New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksGrantaThe Paris ReviewWords Without BordersThe Literary ReviewMandorla, and many others, about 20 percent of the published PEN/Heim Translation Fund projects have won or been shortlisted for major literary awards.

Applications Open April 1–June 1, 2021. Apply here 


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