Translations from Icelandic

Translation grants from Icelandic

Who may apply?

The fund is open to foreign publishers wishing to publish a work translated from Icelandic.

Applications for support can only be made after the applicant has acquired the rights to the work and signed a contract with the translator. The Icelandic Literature Center cannot grant support to a translation published before the deadline for which the application is submitted.

Purpose of the program

The aim of the fund is to promote Icelandic literature abroad. Grants are available for literature (prose, poetry and drama), non-fiction of general interest (including essays and biographies), comic books and children's books.

Application deadlines: 15 February and 15 September.  

The application form is available here as an online application 4 weeks before the next application date.

Please notice that the Icelandic Literature Center has a new address:

The Icelandic Literature Center
Hverfisgata 54, 2nd floor
101 Reykjavik, Iceland

How your application will be evaluated?

In assessing an application weight is laid on the quality of the work in question and on the translator's qualifications. The translator is normally expected to be a professional with at least one translated work published or performed within the same genre as the work for which support is being sought. In the case of non-fiction, the committee's main criterion is that the work must be of general interest. Grants are not awarded for the translation of other types of non-fiction, such as educational textbooks.

How much you may apply for?

Applications can be made for a grant to cover all or part of the translation fee. Usually, however, grants will cover only a proportion of the translation fee.

What the application must contain?

The application form will be available four weeks before application deadline date. We recommend that you read the application form carefully and have all the necessary information and documents/files to hand before completing the application.

The following documents must be attached:

  • The translator's C.V. and previously translated and published titles
  • A copy of the contract with the Icelandic right's holder
  • A copy of the contract with the translator
  • Three (3) pages of sample text (translation) and a copy of the same text in the original language.
  • Information on other grants and grant applications

Applications which do not include the requisite information and documentation will not be considered.

Once you have submitted the application

You will be informed of the committee's decision no more than 6 weeks after the deadline. Once all cases from the same deadline have been completed, the result is sent out by email.