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Arab Kid Lit Now!

The collective ArabKidLitNow is dedicated to the discovery, promotion, and translation of Arabic literature for young readers, helping Arabic children’s literature find audiences in new languages around the world.

This website is for:

Publishers. Find great books to bring to new life in your language. See highlighted recommended titles in the sidebar to the right.

Translators. Discover great children’s books you can transmogrify into a new language.

Readers of Arabic. As has often been said, great children’s literature is for readers of all ages!

Language learners. For emerging Arabic readers of all ages, great Middle Grade and Young Adult literature are a wonderful entry point to reading. The “recommended” titles at right should all have options for how to purchase them in Arabic.

Readers of English. We will point you to new and forthcoming translations of the best of Arabic literature for young readers. See our forthcoming titles in the sidebar to the right.

Teachers, librarians, booksellers, and more.

Commonwealth Writers

Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It  inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It builds communities of less-heard voices and links them to groups which seek to bring about social change. Commonwealth Writers runs projects throughout the Commonwealth. Their website provides a number of useful opportunities and resources.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize identifies talented writers who will go on to inspire their local communities.  The Prize unearths and promotes the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland’s International programme has been designed to develop the skills and expertise of the sector, building knowledge, capacity and networks for the future. We welcome applications from those who are new to international working as well as those with a more established approach. Companies and individuals in receipt of funding are expected to share the outcomes of their work with others.

www.creativescotland.com 

Czech Literary Centre

The Czech Literary Centre is a state-funded organisation supporting and promoting Czech literature abroad and in the Czech Republic, and providing information on authors, books and translation grants offered by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic to foreign publishers. The centre also runs residencies for international writers and translators of Czech literature. The centre is a section of the Moravian Library.

www.czechlit.cz/about-us/

English PEN

English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, the worldwide fellowship of writers promoting free expression. Through its campaigns and programmes, English PEN promotes the freedom to write and the freedom to read. Internationally, English PEN campaigns on behalf of persecuted writers, editors and publishers. In the UK, it campaigns to reform laws that curb free expression, and for greater access to literature. It runs a number of programmes for creative writing and translation and a busy events programme. http://www.englishpen.org

Grants from English PEN
PEN Promotes 
(formerly known as Writers in Translation) has been promoting literature in translation since 2005 and is supported by Bloomberg. Each year, a dedicated committee of professionals selects between 8-10 books that are translated into English from a wide variety of foreign languages. English PEN awards grants to UK publishers to help promote, market and champion these titles. Its aim is to celebrate books of outstanding literary value, which show a dedication to free speech and intercultural understanding, and therefore have a clear link to the PEN charter.

PEN Translates! is English PEN’s new grants scheme for translation. Launched in 2012 at the London Book Fair, this unique new fund is open to submissions from all UK-based publishers. Building on the success of English PEN’s Writers in Translation programme, it is committed to supporting works of outstanding literary merit, strong and innovative publishing projects and diverse writing from around the world.

Estonian Literature Centre

The Estonian Literature Centre (ELIC) promotes Estonian literature abroad and its website contains information on upcoming events, authors, extracts form their work, book recommendations, database of translators and translations of Estonian literature into other languages.

 

www.estlit.ee/

Etxepare Basque Institute (Basque Government)

The Etxepare Basque Institute’s mission is to promote Basque language and culture around the world, including the promotion and support of translations of Basque literature into other languages and collaborations with organisations dedicated to the diffusion of Basque culture.

The EBI issues grants for the promotion of Basque literature, translation of works and travel for writers.

www.etxepareinstitutua.net

European Cultural Foundation

The European Cultural Foundation initiates and supports cultural exchange and creative expression across wider Europe. They share and connect knowledge across the European cultural sector, and campaign for the arts on all levels of political decision-making. ECF link policy and practice, to act as catalysts for artistic and cultural expression and to have a concrete impact on European cultural policies and strategies.

www.culturalfoundation.eu

European Union Prize for Literature

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), established in 2009, awards annually 11-13 emerging prose writers from different European countries. The prize winning authors are selected by national juries and winners’ names are announced in spring, with an award ceremony held in Brussels in autumn. Some of the writers were translated into numerous languages after receiving the award.

www.euprizeliterature.eu

European Writers – a programme of EUNIC London

European Writers is an ongoing project of EUNIC London, the network of European cultural institutes and embassies in the United Kingdom, that takes place throughout the year in London and around the country in order to promote European literature.  Throughout the year, European Writers invites authors to talk and meet audiences at major British literature festivals as well as a range of talks and events at the British Library. More information at http://europeanwriters.co.uk

 

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