Literature Ireland’s Translation Grants

Literature Ireland‘s translation grants are available to international publishers who are seeking support for translations of Irish literature and to Irish publishers for translations of foreign literature into English or Irish. Eligible genres are literary fiction, literary non-fiction, children’s literature, poetry and drama.

Literature Ireland offers a substantial contribution towards the translator’s fees.

Publishers must apply at least three months before the translation is due to be published. Literature Ireland’s board of directors will meet twice in 2016 to consider applications. Please note that the board meeting at which applications to this round will be considered will take place in mid-December. Applications for works that will go to print/be published before this date will not be accepted.

Applications can be prepared using the translation grant application checklist (You can download the Word version or the PDF version).


All applicants must submit a sample of the translation to Literature Ireland, which is then assessed by an independent expert. The expert will prepare a report that is submitted, with the original application, to Literature Ireland’s board of directors for consideration.

Successful applicants will be sent a formal letter of award, and contracts will be posted within ten days of the board meeting.

Publishers awarded a grant must submit the following items to Literature Ireland in order to receive payment of the translation grant:

– A draft of the copyright page of the book containing an acknowledgment of Literature Ireland’s financial support (this must be submitted to Literature Ireland for approval before the book goes to print)
– Proof of payment to the translator(s) in the form of a statement of the fee received, signed by both the translator(s) and a representative of the publishing house.
– Eight copies of the published work.

Please note: Literature Ireland will normally only award a maximum of three translation grants per annum to a given publisher.

Should you have any questions in relation to the application process, you can contact Literature Island at ritaATirelandliteratureDOTcom or by phone on 00353 (0)1 896 4184.