Translation Grants

Creative New Zealand supports the translation of New Zealand literature into foreign languages with the Translation Fund scheme which is administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand. These grants can contribute up to 50% of the translation cost to a maximum of 5,000 NZD per title.

The Translation Fund is one of the opportunities administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) as part of a Contract for Services with Creative New Zealand to deliver Capability Building and International Market Development Initiatives for Literature 2015 – 2018. You can download an application form online or contact a representative for more information.

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.

Deadlines for applications

  • 5pm, 28 February
  • 5pm, 29 June
  • 5pm 26 October

We welcome new applications twice a year. Applicants will be notified of the results of their application within six weeks of the closing date.


  • 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.
  • Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate alignment with Creative New Zealand’s other international market development activities.