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Translation Fund: Round Two 2022/23

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Apply by Monday 23 January for the second round of the 2022/23 Translation Fund.

Round Two of the Translation Fund 2022/23 is now open. This fund is administered by Publishing Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.

The purpose of the fund is to support publishers based outside the United Kingdom with the payment of translation fees of works of Scottish writers*. Funding will be offered in the form of a grant in pound sterling (GBP). *Scottish writers are those born in Scotland, currently residing in Scotland or with a close affiliation to Scotland.


Criteria for funding / priorities for the funding panel

  1. Contemporary literature from UK based publishers of Scottish writers – fiction, non-fiction, writing for children, graphic novels, poetry. Contemporary means living authors, titles still in print. Occasiional exceptions are made for ‘classic’ titles.
  2. Panel look at how the work fits into your current list of titles– which other authors do you publish? Do these include Scottish authors? Are you looking to expand your current Scottish list?
  3. Panel look at the track record / history of you, the publisher and your chosen translator(s)
  4. Panel require evidence of a strong marketing and publicity plan for the title
  5. Panel consider the financial need – is there any other source of funding available, how successful is your publishing house, what is your turnover and size of list or imprints?
  6. Payment of the translator’s fee – should reflect recognised standard rates *
  7. Projects which have not yet reached printing stage
  8. A grant only for works translated from the original Scottish/English text
  9. The publisher agrees to include Publishing Scotland in the imprint of the book, logo and line of text – these will be provided
  10. The publisher agrees to acknowledge the translator, we strongly recommend this is on the title page, cover or front of the book
  11. Grants towards the costs of translation only, a maximum of 50% of the translation costs or £2500.
  12. The fund is limited to one bid per publisher per financial year
  13. We prioritise a diverse range of Scottish authors when considering offering funding
  14. We cannot fund a project which has already taken place / in the past
  15. If funding is awarded the successful applicant must respond within 14 days to acknowledge receipt
  16. 1 copy of the translated title must be sent to Publishing Scotland on completion of the project, for the National Library of Scotland archive.

Additional supporting material

  1. Information on the translation cost, print run and proposed publication date
  2. A signed copy of a rights agreement with originating publisher/ agent OR a signed copy of agreement with the author in ENGLISH where possible
  3. A signed copy of contract with the translator(s) in ENGLISH where possible
  4. A copy of translator(s) CV, including professional qualifications and previous works in ENGLISH where possible
  5. A detailed budget
  6. Current catalogue and/or backlists (electronic form)
  7. A copy of the English language edition of the title (pdf)


To apply download an application form and return it to by Monday 23 January 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the fund or your eligibility, contact Lucy Feather at