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2017.08.01 UK BookTrust organizes competition for children’s book translations
BookTrust, a UK literacy charity promoting reading among children, is running a competition to sponsor sample translations for up to ten non-English children’s fiction books. The competition, funded by Art Council England, is called In Other Words and was started last year to promote the publication of translated books in the UK. A judging panel will choose submissions deemed suitable for translation, and these will be presented as sample translations before UK publishers.

Some of the entry criteria, among others, are as follows: the stories must be fiction for children aged 6-12; there must be no published English translation currently available; the works must have been published/will be published by October 31, 2017, in at least one language other than English; and the applicants must be publishers or literary agencies who represent the rights holders. Also, publishers can submit up to two titles for each imprint.

The judges are eight UK-based children’s literature and translation experts selected by BookTrust, who will meet in September and select a shortlist of up to ten submissions. BookTrust will then choose translators to carry out partial translations of the shortlisted works. In February 2018, a second judging meeting will take place at which a maximum of four titles will be selected as ‘Honour Titles’. 

All of the shortlisted titles will be presented to publishers at the London Book Fair in April next year, for the negotiation of publishing rights. When UK publishers acquire the rights for publication in the UK, a grant of £1500 per book will be provided to the publisher. 

Last year, nearly 400 titles from around the world were submitted to the competition. Among the eight titles selected for the shortlist, three have now been sold to UK publishers, waiting to be read by the UK public.

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