Translation Fund for Scottish writers – open for applications


The fund, administered by Publishing Scotland, is designed to encourage international publishers to translate works by Scottish writers.

The new round for 2016/17 is now open. There will be 2 rounds, with the first deadline being Friday 12 August 2016.

A second round will be announced prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2016.

The Translation Fund was launched on 25 August 2015 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Its purpose is to support publishers based outside the UK to buy rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers. The funding will be received in the form of a grant.

Priority will be given to the translation of contemporary literature, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and graphic novels. Assessment criteria will also include the merit of the work to be translated, financial need of the publisher, track record of publisher and translator, and the proposed marketing plan. An expert panel will meet twice a year to assess applications

For an application form and the terms and conditions, visit the Publishing Scotland website – deadline for applications Friday 12 August 2016.