Icelandic Literature Center

The role of the Center is to raise awareness of Icelandic literature, both in Iceland and abroad, and to promote its distribution.


Record-breaking year for publication of translations of Icelandic books in Russia - 11/25/20 News

Books by Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir, Ævar Þór Benediktsson, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Arnar Már Arngrímsson, Steinar Bragi and Andri Snær Magnason have been published in Russia in 2020


Icelanders read or listened to more books than in pre-COVID times - 11/17/20 News

A new poll by the Icelandic Literature Center reveals that during the previous month, Icelanders read or listened to 2.5 books on average, compared with 2.3 books during the same period last year. 


Applications for translation grants into other languages break all records - 11/6/20 News

Interest in Icelandic literature is keen internationally, as witness the record number of applications for translations grants received by the Icelandic Literature Center. Grants have been awarded for 111 translations from Icelandic into 28 languages. Applications totalled 147 this year, a record-breaking number.





15.1.2021 Travel Grants

Icelandic authors, foreign publishers or organisations arranging events can apply for travel grants for Icelandic authors travelling to promote their works abroad.

Due to COVID: Travel grants are now also for online events.
Only organisers of events abroad can apply for grants for the participation of Icelandic authors in online events. This arrangement will be regularly reviewed to keep up with developments. 


15.2.2021 Translation Grants from Icelandic

The fund is open to foreign publishers wishing to publish a work translated from Icelandic. For translations into Nordic languages see here.


15.2.2021 Nordic Translation Grants

Translations from Icelandic into other Nordic languages only.


15.2.2021 Sample Translation Grants

Publishers, agents, translators and authors may apply for sample translations grants of Icelandic literature into foreign languages.


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Icelandic Authors

Ten Icelandic authors talk about Icelandic literature at Gljúfrasteinn, home of the Icelandic Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness. Video directed by Einar Egilsson.