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NEA Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects

Fellowships to USA Individuals to Translate
Poetry, Drama, and Prose into English

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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01/13/21 11:59 PM ET


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Fellowships to USA published translators to translate eligible literary works into English. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete. This program encourages the translation of writers and works that are not well represented in English translation, as well as work that has not previously been translated into English.

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The NEA encourages translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English.

In reviewing applications for Translation Projects, advisory panelists consider the:

Artistic excellence of the:

  • Sample translation submitted.
  • Work to be translated.

Panelists also consider the:

Artistic merit of the proposed project, which includes the:

  • Importance of the proposed project.
  • Extent to which the language, the author, and the specific work are inadequately represented in English translation.
  • Applicant's ability to carry out the proposed project as demonstrated by:
    • Proficiency in the language to be translated and familiarity with the culture.
    • Knowledge of and/or cooperation with the author(s) whose work will be translated.
  • Significance of the author(s) and/or the original work(s).
  • For collaborative projects, the ability of the collaborator(s) to work together as exemplified by the sample manuscript that has been submitted.

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GrantWatch ID#: 159110

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The beginning date must fall between January 1, 2022, and January 1, 2023, and the period of performance may extend up to two years. Your period of performance must begin on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual translators who meet the publication requirements are eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

You are eligible to apply if you, alone or in collaboration, 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.

This publication or production must have taken place between January 1, 2006, and January 13, 2021. To qualify, work must have been originally published with an eligible publisher between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period. Publishers are eligible if they have a stated marketing and distribution policy; publish work with competitive selection and a stated editorial policy; and offer professional editing.

Not funded:
- Individuals who previously have received three or more Literature Fellowships (in prose or poetry) or Translation Fellowships from the Arts Endowment.
- Individuals who have received any Creative Writing Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) from the Arts Endowment since January 1, 2016 or any Translation Fellowship from the Arts Endowment since January 1, 2018.
- Applicants applying with the same project for more than three consecutive years.
- Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
- Work toward academic degrees.

Eligibility Details:

Pre-Application Information:

- The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on January 13, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Submit your application no later than January 3, 2021 to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter. You take a significant risk by waiting until the day of the deadline to submit.

Applicants will receive notification of awards and rejections no sooner than December 2021.

Electronic application through is mandatory.

Before submitting an application to the Arts Endowment, you must register or renew your registration with It is your responsibility to create and maintain this registration. Registration is a one-time process, which can take a day or more to complete. To allow time to resolve any issues that may arise, do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register. Failure to successfully register with will result in your inability to submit your application.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions about your application, contact the Literary Arts staff at 202-682-5034 or email

National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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