It’s #WorldKidLit Month, and the UK’s BookTrust has announced a new children’s books in translation initiative, called “In Other Words”:
All this month, “In Other Words” is calling for submissions of fiction for children aged 6-12. From among them, up to four will be selected as specially commended “honour titles” and all 10 winners will be promoted to UK publishers at the upcoming Bologna Book Fair.
Also, titles that are purchased by British publishers will be supported by a £1,500 grant towards marketing and publicity.
According to a BookTrust release:
Chaired by literary critic, Nicolette Jones, the panel includes award winning translators Sarah Ardizzone and Daniel Hahn, Waterstones’ Florentyna Martin, Emma Langley from Arts Council England and BookTrust’s Director of Children’s Books Jill Coleman.
Submissions open on 1st September and close on 26th September. Full information about the project can be found at http://www.booktrust.org.uk/in-other-words.
The project will be launched to UK publishers at an event on 4th October 2016. This will involve discussions around barriers to translation, and guidance on how best to work with authors and their translators when promoting books in the UK.
BookTrust makes no call, specifically, for works outside Western Europe, but they are much needed on this publishing landscape.