Ready, Steady, Read!

A national game of reading. People of all ages, all over Iceland, can compete in this simple and fun game. You register on the web ( and list the time spent reading. Form or join a team with your family, work colleagues or friends and cuddle up with a book during the dark time of Þorri. The teams and individual that spend the most time reading during the game period will be rewarded with prizes. 


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.


Season's Greetings and A Happy New Year


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.




News archive

Get the newsletter


Next application deadlines

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.