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28 Aug 2023

NCW Emerging Translator Mentorships 2023/24

The National Centre for Writing (UK) is seeking applications from translators into English for the 6-month 2023/24 Emerging Translator Mentorship programme, from October 2023 to March 2024.

This year’s languages are:

  • Arabic 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese 
  • Korean 
  • Polish 
  • Québec French or First Nations languages (preference is given to applicants resident in the UK, Ireland or the Nordic Countries)
  • Languages of Singapore 
  • Swiss German 
  • Mentorship for a D/deaf, Disabled and/or Neurodivergent Translator

The mentoring period lasts for six months, from October 2023 to March 2024, including an in-person meeting in Norwich and London 11–14 March 2024. 

What selected mentees will receive

Mentees receive an 800 GBP stipend to cover expenses associated with the mentorship, such as travel. 

The mentorship will include online industry events with tailored training events and talks, a feature at International Translation Day and attendance of London Book Fair with a networking day at NCW’s headquarters at Dragon Hall in Norwich. 

The mentees’ work will also be celebrated in a concluding digital showcase, when a print and digital anthology with samples of the mentees’ translations will also be published, to further amplify the translators’ work.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to emerging translators. An emerging translator is someone who has published no more than one full-length work of literary translation. 

Though English is the target language, the emerging translator need not live in the UK (with the exception of the D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent mentorship). The organisers particularly welcome applications for all mentorships from those groups which are currently under-represented in the literary translation community.

Application guidelines

Deadline: 28 August 2023