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 Apply" 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 2022 funding. You may not apply for both a Translation Project under this deadline (January 13, 2021) and a Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) under the 2021 deadline (when fellowships in prose are offered). See Literature Fellowships for more information.

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, 2016 or any Arts Endowment Translation Fellowship on or after January 1, 2018 (FY 2018). 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 Arts Endowment award(s) previously received.

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.

This publication or production must have taken place between January 1, 2006, and January 13, 2021. To qualify, work must have been originally published with an eligible publisher between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period. Publishers are eligible if they have a stated marketing and distribution policy; publish work with competitive selection and a stated editorial policy; and offer professional editing.

You may use digital, audio, or online publications to establish eligibility, provided that such publications have competitive selection processes and stated editorial policies. If the online publication or website no longer exists, you must provide, upon request, sufficient evidence that your work once appeared online. If sufficient evidence cannot be provided, the online publication will not be eligible.

The following may not be used to establish eligibility:

  • Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader's copies.
  • Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff.
  • Scholarly writing.
  • Instructional writing.
  • News reporting.
  • Book reviews.
  • Editorials/letters to the editor.
  • Interviews.
  • Student-led publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution.
  • Publications by presses that do not have a stated marketing and distribution policy; publish work without competitive selection or a stated editorial policy; or work without professional editing.

Eligibility is determined by the Arts Endowment based on your complete and properly submitted documentation. Your application may not be eligible for panel review if incorrect or insufficient information is provided. This includes, but is not limited to: missing or blank attachments; manuscripts that are not typescript; and publications in the "Summary of Applicant Publications/Productions" (Attachment 3) that cannot be verified. Our decision on eligibility may not be appealed and is final. For more information, see "How to Prepare and Submit an Application."

Copyright Information

You must include one of the following with your application:

  • Written permission from the copyright holder that grants you the right to translate the work specified in your application. (We do not require that you secure the right to publish.); or
  • Written proof that the copyright holder is not willing to provide the right to translate the work specified in the application but does not object to the translation AND a copy of the Arts Endowment’s “Acknowledgement of Translation” form signed by the copyright holder or their authorized representative; or
  • If the work resides in the public domain, you should state that and provide a thorough justification in Attachment 4.

The Arts Endowment may evaluate the information you provide for accuracy or consistency with U.S. law and treaty obligations at its discretion. Remember that simply stating the availability of permissions is not the equivalent of securing permission from the rights holder or their authorized representative to translate the work specified in your application. Your application may not be eligible if incorrect or insufficient information is provided in Attachment 4 of your application. See "How to Apply" for details.

For further information, consult the U.S. Department of State’s website which links to a list of Treaties in Force.

The National Endowment for the Arts reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether the permissions provided are satisfactory to it.

The National Endowment for the Arts makes no representations as to who may own copyrights, if any, arising from any translations it funds under this program.