Publishing Scotland has launched a new fund to encourage international publishers to translate work by Scottish writers.
The fund, which will be officially launched today (25th August) at Edinburgh International Book Festival, is being run by Publishing Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.
The funding, offered in the form of a grant, is to support publishers based outside the UK in buying rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers.
Priority will be given to the translation of contemporary literature, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, writing for children and graphic novels.
Assessment criteria will also include the merit of the work to be translated, financial need of the publisher, track record of publisher and translator, and the proposed marketing plan.
A panel of experts will meet twice a year to assess applications to the Translation Fund.
Aly Barr, acting head of literature, languages and publishing at Creative Scotland, said: “Following the recommendations in the recent Literature Sector Review, we’re delighted that Publishing Scotland will now be delivering this exciting new fund to support Scottish writing and publishing on an international stage. This fund will allow publishers from across the globe to access and translate Scotland’s greatest writing.”
The deadline for the first round of applications is 27th November 2015.