Creative New Zealand supports the translation of New Zealand Literature into foreign languages with a Translation Grant Scheme that’s administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand. These grants can contribute up to 50% of the translation cost to a maximum of NZ$5000 per title. You can download an application form online or you can contact a representative for more information.
German publishers – please go to the Frankfurt Translation section of our website to apply.
As the Earth Turns Silver was the first recipient of the translation grant programme published in March 2011 by Ediciones Siruela with the title Cuando la tierra se vuelve de plata.
- 1 March
- 1 June
- 1 September
- 1 December
We aim to consider applications and have results to you within 3 weeks of the given deadline.
- Any established foreign publisher purchasing foreign language rights who has an active backlist of no less than four titles. No more than two grants per year will be given to any one publisher.
- Sales and translation contracts must be completed and signed at time of application.
- The translation must be prior to printing stage at time of application.
Eligible genres include:
- biography and autobiography
- children’s fiction excluding picture books
- narrative non-fiction
- literary criticism
NB: Non-fiction projects will be assessed on their literary merit and their contribution to the development of New Zealand literature.
- fully completed application form
- a signed licence agreement
- a signed translator’s contract
- a copy of the translator’s CV
- a publisher profile
- up to one page outlining marketing and publicity plans for the title
Applications are considered 4-yearly and we aim to have decisions advised within three weeks of the given deadline. Grant decisions are made by a five person assessment panel made up of representatives from Creative New Zealand, the Publishers Association of New Zealand, the New Zealand Book Council and the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation. Decisions are advised by email and successful applicants are required to sign a letter of agreement.
Applications are open to everybody who meets the eligibility criteria. In deciding on grants, particular weighting may be given to applications which offer larger potential readerships due to:
- potential audience in the territory
- publisher size and or reputation
- publisher marketing investment
- Creative New Zealand strategic objectives
Grant payment is made on receipt of five print copies of the translated edition, complete with Creative New Zealand logo/credit placement on the copyright page of the book, and submission of an invoice.
Successful applicants will be required to provide follow-up information on the number of copies sold, as well as any comments on their involvement with the scheme.
For further information or to enquire about submitted applications please contact:
Publishers Association of New Zealand
PO Box 102 006, North Shore 0745