Apply Now for a 2020 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant

The application cycle for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants (named for Michael Henry Heim, who founded these awards in 2003 with his wife Priscilla) has been shifted to spring, and the time to apply for a 2020 grant is now! These grants offer $2000 – $4000 of financial support and are one of the best ways out there for emerging translators to distinguish themselves early on in their careers. They can draw a publisher’s attention to a work for already established translators as well. I’ve written about the ins and outs of them before. These grants are explicitly open to those early in their careers – though everyone is welcome to apply. There’s a sidecar competition as well: the separately funded PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature (with a purse of $5000). All PEN/Heim applications for Italian-language projects will automatically be considered for it. So if you’re thinking about a book-length project and have a sample translation already in progress, time to sharpen your pencils. You’ll find more information and full application instructions on the PEN America website. Deadline for the receipt of applications is June 1, 2019.

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