The PEN Translation Prize invites submissions of book-length translations from any language into English published during the current calendar year. 

All winners and finalists for this award are eligible to receive PEN America’s official winner or finalist seal. If you are a publisher of a shortlisted or winning book for this award and are interested in obtaining PEN’s award seal, please write to [email protected].

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Eligibility and Submissions for the 2018 Awards

Submissions for 2018 Awards
Submissions for the 2018 awards cycle will open on June 1, 2017.

Who is eligible

  • PEN will only accept submissions from publishers or literary agents; authors and translators may not submit their own book for this award.
  • Eligible titles must be original book-length literary and translations published between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, by a U.S. trade publisher.
  • Poetry is not accepted; to submit a work of poetry in translation, please see the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
  • Self-published books and reprints are not eligible.
  • Retranslations are not eligible, unless the work can be said to provide a significant revision of the original translation.
  • Although all eligible books must have been published in the United States, translators may be of any nationality; U.S. residency or citizenship is not required.
  • There are no restrictions on the subject matter of translated works, although eligible titles should be of a literary character; technical, scientific, or bibliographical translations will not be considered.
  • Books with more than two translators are not eligible. 
  • If you submit a book for this award, you may not submit it for any additional PEN American Center awards. Please note that the PEN/Faulkner and PEN/Hemingway Awards are not considered PEN American Center awards.

How to apply

1. Please download the award’s Declaration of Eligibility. Complete all fields and have a company executive sign in order to confirm the book’s eligibility. If eligible, please mail this form along with one copy of the book to PEN’s office (see step 3). If the book does not meet the listed eligibilty requirements, it will not be considered for this award. 

2. When submissions open for this award, a link to its online submission form will appear here. Each submission is $75.* If you would like to pay by check, please enter CHECK in the coupon code field at checkout. Checks should be made out to PEN American Center. Please also submit a verified email address on the submission form; your order cannot be processed without an email address, as this info will be used to later contact you regarding the shipments of your submission. Please note that submission fees are not refundable.

3. Mail one copy of the candidate’s book along with the completed Declaration of Eligibility (see step 1) to the address below between June 1 and August 15, 2017. Please note that we do accept galleys and bound manuscripts:

PEN Translation Prize
PEN America
588 Broadway, Suite 303 
New York, NY 10012

4. Once the submitted book is received and reviewed for eligibility by PEN, you will be contacted by [email protected] by the end of the year and asked to ship one copy of the book to each of our three awards judges. Please add [email protected] to your safe sender list.

* Submission fees may be waived for publishers whose annual net sales are less than $4 million. In order to have your fees waived, please have a company official write a letter on company letterhead stating that your press’s annual net sales are less than $4 million. Please send this letter as an attachment (.doc or .pdf) to [email protected]. Once received, you will be provided with a coupon code to use at checkout in order to have your submission fees waived. One fee waiver may be used for all 2018 PEN Awards; you do not need to submit a separate fee waiver for each award.