The PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature will award a $5,000 grant to a translator for a work-in-progress of a book-length translation of an Italian work of literary fiction or nonfiction into English. The grant will operate within the existing PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants which are offered annually to promote the publication of translated world literature in English.

This grant was awarded for the first time during the 2017 PEN Literary Awards cycle. 


A recipient will be selected from the pool of application for the 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grants. Please see the eligibility and submission guidelines for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants for information on how to apply. Any applicant who submits to the PEN/Heim Translation Fund grants whose project is a translation of narrative prose from the Italian into English will be automatically considered for the PEN Grant for the Translation of Italian Literature.