They will support 15 titles from 14 countries in 12 languages, including two titles translated from Arabic.
For the first time, one of the "PEN Translates" awards will go to a South Sudanese novel.
The PEN Translates award is open for submissions through the end of May.
This marks the largest number of books PEN Translates has selected in a single year.
The main criteria for assessment, according to organizers, are: "literary quality, strength and innovation of the publishing project, and contribution to literary diversity in the UK."