92 subsidies for translations of Icelandic literature into foreign languages in 2016

In 2016 the Icelandic Literature Center has subsidized the translations of 92 Icelandic works into foreign languages, which is an all-time record. Total number of applications was 97, including 19 applications for translations into Nordic languages. Works to be translated include Jarðnæði / Land of love and ruins by Oddný Eir, Íslenskir kóngar / Icelandic Kings by Einar Már Guðmundsson and Rökkurbýsnir / From The Mouth of The Whale by Sjón.


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Ásta Sigurðardóttir (1930-1971) was one of the significant women writers of her time. Among her best known works is the short story Sunday Evening Till Monday Morning from 1951, a story written in a progressive style and modernistic approach to narrative fascinated many Icelandic readers, but appalled a lot of others. A legendary portrait of Ásta smoking a cigarette, by noted photographer Jón Kaldal, evoked a rather similar reaction.




Nominations for the 2016 Icelandic Literary Prize

On December 1st, the nominations of 15 titles for the Icelandic Literary Prize were announced at the Kjarvalsstaðir - Reykjavík Art Museum. There were nominations in three categories – fiction, nonfiction and literature for children and young adults, with 5 nominations in each category.


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Next application deadlines

Travel Grants: 15 January 2017

Translations from Icelandic: 15 February 2017

Nordic Translations: 15 February 2017

Sample Translations Grants: 15 February 2017


Promotion and translations

Promotion and translations

The role of the Icelandic Literature Center is to support the publication of Icelandic works of literature and the publication of literary works translated into Icelandic. Its role is also to raise awareness of Icelandic literature, both within Iceland and abroad, and promote its distribution - as well as nurture literary culture in Iceland.



Books from Iceland

The Icelandic Literature Center selects annually a list of Icelandic books for promotion at book fairs and literature events abroad.