Founded in 1922, PEN America champions the freedom to write, recognizes the power of the word to transform the world, and works to unite writers and their allies in celebrating and defending creative expression and the liberties that make it possible.
To help advance that mission, the organization invites applications for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, which was established in 2003 by Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim in response to the dismayingly low number of literary translations currently appearing in English.
Through the fund, grants will be awarded for the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation.
Projects may have up to two translators. All other criteria being equal, preference will be given to translators at the beginning of their career and to works by underrepresented writers working in underrepresented languages. Works with multiple translators, literary criticism, and scholarly or technical texts do not qualify.
Grants typically range between $2,000 and $4,000. Works should be translations-in-progress, as the grant aims to provide support for completion.
See the PEN America website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously awarded grants.