Translation Fund for Literature

Support for international publishers to translate Australian works by living authors of creative writing, and Australian publishers to translate non-English works into English by Australian translators.

About the opportunity

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works by living authors of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism, or analytical prose).  The majority of funding must be used to pay the rights holder and translator.

Australian publishers may also apply to support the translation of non-English language works to English, providing they are using an Australian translator.

Contributions of AUD $5,000 per successful applicant are available.

Who can apply:

  • International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing, and a contribution towards promotion of the translated work
  • Australian publishers may apply to support the translation of foreign language works provided they are using Australian translators, and a contribution towards promotion of the translated work.
  • A maximum of two applications per publisher / applicant will be accepted per closing date.

Who can’t apply:

  • Applicants who do not hold the rights of the work to be translated.

Applications will be considered by the Australia Council in consultation with Industry Advisors.

Applications must demonstrate the:

  • quality of the work
  • track record of the translator
  • publisher’s ability to market and promote the translated work.

The types of questions we ask in the application form include:

  • A title for your application
  • A description of your proposed activities that comprises:
    • a short description of the literary title
    • why you consider that this work or author is right for your list
    • a description of your publishing house, if relevant
    • the language of the proposed edition
    • how many copies of the book will be printed (minimum print run of 500 copies)
    • how and where the book will be distributed and promoted
    • for Australian publishers: indicate whether you have published any other translated works, listing any comparable titles.
  • An outline of how the funds will be spent that comprises:
    • the retail price of the book
    • the amount the author / rights holder will be paid.

You may submit support material with your application. The Australia Council and Industry Advisors may review this support material to gain a better sense of your project.

The following support material is required:

  • The translator’s CV listing their relevant experience.
  • A copy of the signed rights agreement. If your agreement is in a language other than English, please also provide a short summary in English.

You may also supply evidence of other titles in your catalogue, or previous books published.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

You can provide up to three URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is relevant to your proposal.

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application as written material (Word and PDF).

Translation Fund for Literature FAQs

Yes, provided you provide copies of rights agreements for all titles in the series. Support for more than one title may be included in the same application, or may be submitted as separate applications. A maximum of two applications per publisher / applicant is allowed.

No. We need evidence that you hold the rights to the work in the application.

Yes, however you will need to provide a copy of the rights agreement and details of how the work will be published and distributed if there is no publisher in place. Applications from translators who don’t have a publisher in place can be submitted to Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups.

Yes, however the majority of the funds should go towards the costs of translation.

Yes, however you will need to explain how the funds will be allocated.  These should exclude printing and editorial costs.

No, we can only pay grants in Australian dollars. Please make sure your bank can transact in Australian dollars or has an established relationship with an intermediary bank that can.

If you need help with your application, contact Artists Services.