Current Opportunities

Translation Week

The National Centre for Writing is collaborating with Cove Park to offer a week-long residency for up to 5 literary translators this autumn.

The National Centre for Writing is delighted to continue our Translation Programme, in partnership with Cove Park to offer a week-long residency for up to 7 literary translators this autumn. Thanks to support from the AHRC Open World Research Initiative’s flagship project Language Acts and Worldmaking, we are able to expand the programme and specifically invite one drama translator, and an L2 translator (working into their second language) to the programme.

Translation Week will run from Monday 11th November to Monday 18th November 2019. During the day, participating translators will have time to focus on their own translation projects. In the evenings, there will be opportunities to discuss work in progress with their peers and share any translation challenges they face. Translators in residence will be offered self-catering accommodation and a contribution of £150 towards their travel and living costs.

The residencies will run alongside this year’s Publishing Scotland translation residencies, which welcome two translators of Scottish literature into their working languages to Cove Park (see a separate call for applications here).

We invite applications from literary translators working from any language and genre into English. Please read the Translation Guidelines fully before applying. The deadline is Sunday 18th August 2019. Successful applicants will be notified on or before Monday 9th September 2019.


Prague UNESCO City of Literature

Prague City of Literature are offering 6 two-month residencies in 2020 (January – February, March – April, May – June, July – August; September – October; November – 15th December). for foreign writers and translators. Applicants must have cultural interest for the location, basic knowledge of English language and at least one published literary work (not a private edition) or two broadcast or published radio dramas or one carried out or published theatre play or at least one translated work of a Czech author. Full criteria can be found here.

The applicants can send their materials via the online application form before 12pm (CET) on 31st August  2019. The results will be announced on Friday 30th  October 2019.


We have previously organised residencies in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Nippon Foundation, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the Arts Council of Korea. If you want to hear about future residency opportunities, please sign up to our newsletter below.