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NEA Literature Translation Fellowships, FY 2012

Post Date

August 25th 2011

Application Due Date

January 5th 2012

The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on January 5, 2012.

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The Arts Endowment•À_s support of a project may begin any time between November 1, 2012, and November 1, 2013, and extend for up to two years. Individual translators who meet the publication requirements that are listed below are eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. See "How to Prepare and Submit an Application" for the documentation that is required to demonstrate eligibility. Ineligible applications will be rejected without panel review. An individual may submit only one application for FY 2013 funding. You may not apply for both a Translation Project under this deadline (January 5, 2012) and a Literature Fellowship (in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry) under the March 2012 deadline (when fellowships in poetry are offered). See Literature Fellowships for more information. You are not eligible to apply if you have received three or more Fellowships (in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, belles-lettres, or for translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, you may not apply in Translation if you have received any Arts Endowment Literature Fellowships (in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry) or Translation Fellowship on or after October 1, 2008 (FY 2009). Former grantees must have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all Arts Endowment award(s) previously received. You are eligible to apply if you, alone or in collaboration, have: •À_ 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 •À_ 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 •À_ 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, 1997, and January 5, 2012. To qualify, work must have been originally published between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period. Applicants may use digital, audio, or online publications to establish up to fifty percent of their eligibility, provided that such publications have competitive selection processes and stated editorial policies. If the online publication or web site no longer exists,


  • Award Range:

    $12500 - $25000

Grant Description

The Arts Endowment•À_s support of a project may begin any time between November 1, 2012, and November 1, 2013, and extend for up to two years. Through fellowships to published translators, the Arts Endowment supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. We encourage translations of writers and of work which 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. Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.

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