The Translation Grant Programme

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Literature Ireland's translation grants are available to international publishers who are seeking support for translations of Irish literature* and to Irish publishers for translations of foreign literature into English or Irish. Literature Ireland offers a substantial contribution towards the translator's fees.

Publishers must apply at least three months before the translation is due to be published.

Applications to the translation grant programme have been closed for 2016

Literature Ireland's board of directors will meet three times in 2017 to consider applications.

The first applications deadline for 2017 is Friday, 31 March.**

Prepare your application using the translation grant application checklist:

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APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED, IN HARD COPY, BY POST ONLY. Please contact us in advance if you anticipate problems doing this. 

All applicants must submit a sample of the translation to Literature Ireland, which is then assessed by an independent expert. Our expert will prepare a report that is submitted, with your original application, to Literature Ireland's board of directors for consideration.

Successful applicants will be sent a formal letter of award, and contracts will be posted within ten days of the board meeting.

Publishers awarded a grant must submit the following items to Literature Ireland in order to receive payment of the translation grant:

  • A draft of the copyright page of the book containing an acknowledgment of Literature Ireland's financial support (this must be submitted to Literature Ireland for approval before the book goes to print)
  • Proof of payment to the translator(s) in the form of a statement of the fee received, signed by both the translator(s) and a representative of the publishing house.
  • Eight copies of the published work.

Please note: Literature Ireland will normally only award a maximum of three translation grants per annum to a given publisher. 

Should you have any questions in relation to the application process, please email us at aoife[at] or phone us on 00353 (0)1 896 4184.

*Eligible genres: literary fiction, literary non-fiction, children's literature, poetry and drama.

** Please note that the board meeting at which applications to this round will be considered will take place in late May 2017. Applications for works that will go to print/be published before this date will not be accepted. 

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