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Translation Projects

Fellowships to USA Individuals to Translate
Poetry, Drama, and Prose into English

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Deadline Date:

01/15/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Fellowships of $12,500 and $25,000 to USA published translators to translate specific works of poetry, drama, and prose from foreign languages into English. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete. This program encourages the translation of writers and works that are not well represented in English translation.

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The NEA encourages translations of writers and of work that 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.

In reviewing applications for Translation Projects, advisory panelists consider the:

Artistic excellence of the:

  • Sample translation submitted.
  • Work to be translated.

Panelists also consider the:

Artistic merit of the proposed project, which includes the:

  • Importance of the proposed project.
  • Extent to which the language, the author, and the specific work are inadequately represented in English translation.
  • Applicant's ability to carry out the proposed project as demonstrated by:
    • Proficiency in the language to be translated and familiarity with the culture.
    • Knowledge of and/or cooperation with the author(s) whose work will be translated.
  • Significance of the author(s) and/or the original work(s).
  • For collaborative projects, the ability of the collaborator(s) to work together as exemplified by the sample manuscript that has been submitted.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159110

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance: January 1, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

You are eligible to apply if you, alone or in collaboration, have:
- 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
- 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
- Had presented or produced by a professional theater company at least one full-length play that you translated into English.

An individual may submit only one application for FY 2021 funding. You may not apply for both a Translation Project under this deadline (January 15, 2020) and a Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) under the 2020 deadline (when fellowships in poetry are offered).

You are not eligible to apply if you have received three or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or for translation) from the Arts Endowment. In addition, you may not apply in Translation if you have received any Arts Endowment Creative Writing Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) on or after January 1, 2015 or any Arts Endowment Translation Fellowship on or after January 1, 2017 (FY 2017). You may not apply in Translation with the same project for more than three consecutive years.

Former grantees must have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all National Endowment for the Arts award(s) previously received.

Not Funded:
- Individuals who previously have received three or more Literature Fellowships (in prose or poetry) or Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Individuals who have received any Creative Writing Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) from the Arts Endowment since January 1, 2015 or any Translation Fellowship from the Arts Endowment since January 1, 2017.
- Applicants applying with the same project for more than three consecutive years.
- Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
- Work toward academic degrees.
-NEA make no representations as to who may own copyrights, if any, arising from translations funded under this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Calendar:
- Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov, the federal government’s online application system. The Grants.gov system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on January 15, 2020.
- Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection: December 2020
- Earliest Beginning Date for Period of Performance: January 1, 2021

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit your application no later than January 5, 2020 to give yourself ample time to resolve any problems that you might encounter. You take a significant risk by waiting until the day of the deadline to submit.

It is your responsibility to create and maintain a registration with Grants.gov. Registration is a one-time process, which can take a day or more to complete. Do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register to allow time to resolve any issues that may arise. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in your inability to submit your application.

An individual may submit only one application for FY 2021 funding. You may not apply for both a Translation Project under this deadline (January 15, 2020) and a Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) under the 2020 deadline (when fellowships in poetry are offered). The Arts Endowment’s support of a project may begin any time between January 1, 2021, and January 1, 2022, and extend for up to two years.

FAQs: https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/translation-projects/frequently-asked-questions

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320514

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions about your application, contact the Literary Arts staff at 202-682-5034 or email LitFellowships@arts.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

CFDA Number:

45.024

Funding or Pin Number:

2020NEA03LFTP

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