Sunday Submissions: NEA Translation Fellowships

The US National Endowment for the Arts is now open for submissions to its translation fellowships program

The NEA is looking to support “translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English,” particularly encouraging “translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation.”

Proposed projects — which can be supported with $12,500 or $25,000 grants — “should be of interest for its literary excellence and value.”

To be eligible, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. They must also have:

  • Published a total of at least 20 pages of translations of creative literature into English in curated digital or print formats such as literary magazines, anthologies, or books; or
  • Published a translation into English of a novel or a volume of at least 20 pages of fiction, poetry, drama, or belles-lettres (creative nonfiction, criticism, and essays); or
  • Had presented or produced by a professional theater company at least one full-length play that you translated into English.

Applications must be submitted electronically by January 15, 2020; applicants will receive notification of awards in December 2020. Support for a project may begin any time between January 1, 2021, and January 1, 2022, and extend for up to two years.

For more about how to apply, visit the NEA website.