TRANSLATION PROJECTS: Applicant Eligibility

Individual translators who meet the publication requirements that are listed below are eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. See "How to Prepare and Submit an Application" for the documentation that is required to demonstrate eligibility. Ineligible applications will be rejected without panel review.

An individual may submit only one application for FY 2015 funding. You may not apply for both a Translation Project under this deadline (December 9, 2013) and a Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) under the 2014 deadline (when fellowships in poetry are offered). See Literature Fellowships for more information.

You are not eligible to apply if you have received three or more Fellowships (in poetry, prose, or for translation) from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, you may not apply in Translation if you have received any Arts Endowment Literature Fellowships (in prose or poetry) or Translation Fellowship on or after October 1, 2010 (FY 2011). Finally, you may not apply in Translation with the same project for more than three consecutive years.

Former grantees must have submitted acceptable Final Report packages by the due date(s) for all Arts Endowment award(s) previously received.

You are eligible to apply if you, alone or in collaboration, have:

  • Published a total of at least 20 pages of translations of creative literature into English in curated digital or print formats such as literary magazines, anthologies, or books; or
  • Published a translation into English of a novel or a volume of at least 20 pages of fiction, poetry, drama, or belles-lettres (creative nonfiction, criticism, and essays); or
  • Had presented or produced by a professional theater company at least one full-length play that you translated into English.

This publication or production must have taken place between December 1, 1998, and December 9, 2013. To qualify, work must have been originally published between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period.

You may use digital, audio, or online publications to establish eligibility, provided that such publications have competitive selection processes and stated editorial policies. If the online publication or website no longer exists, you must provide, upon request, sufficient evidence that your work once appeared online. If sufficient evidence cannot be provided, the online publication will not be eligible.

The following may not be used to establish eligibility:

  • Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader's copies.
  • Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff.
  • Scholarly writing.
  • Instructional writing.
  • Journalism.
  • Book reviews.
  • Editorials/letters to the editor.
  • Interviews.
  • Student publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution.
  • Any publication by presses that: require individual writers to pay for part or all of the production costs; require writers to buy or sell copies of the publication; publish work without competitive selection or a stated editorial policy; or publish work without professional editing.

Eligibility is determined by the NEA based on your complete and properly submitted documentation. Your application may not be eligible for panel review if incorrect or insufficient information is provided. This includes, but is not limited to: missing or blank attachments; manuscripts that are not typescript; and publications in the "Summary of Applicant Publications/Productions" section that cannot be verified. The NEA's decision on eligibility may not be appealed and is final. For more information, see "How to Prepare and Submit an Application."

Copyright Information

You must include with your application written permission from the copyright holder that grants you the right to translate the work specified in your application. (We do not require that you secure the right to publish.) If the work resides in the public domain, you should state that and provide justification in Attachment 8. Remember that simply stating the availability of permissions is not the equivalent of securing permission from the rights holder or their authorized representative to translate the work specified in your application. Your application may not be eligible if incorrect or insufficient information is provided in Attachment 8. See "How to Prepare and Submit an Application."