Grants and Funding

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Grants and Funding

The Publishers Association of New Zealand manages the international market development initiatives for New Zealand literature on behalf of Creative New Zealand. This includes funding for the translation of New Zealand titles into foreign languages.

Translation Fund

Creative New Zealand supports the translation of New Zealand literature into foreign languages with the Translation Fund scheme. Administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand, these grants can contribute up to 50% of the translation cost to a maximum of NZ$5000 per title.

The Translation Fund is administered by PANZ as part of a Contract for Services with Creative New Zealand to deliver Capability Building and International Market Development Initiatives for Literature 2020–2022. 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. It was published in March 2011 by Ediciones Siruela with the title Cuando la tierra se vuelve de plata.

 

Deadlines for applications

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

NOTE: Funding is spent down across the calendar year and rounds may not proceed if the funding is used in earlier rounds.

Click on Criteria and Application Form for details of the latest dates.

Eligibility

  • Any established foreign publisher purchasing foreign language rights that has an active backlist of no less than four titles, or a New Zealand publishers with a well-regarded publishing programme of New Zealand authors who has partnerships or connections in place to translate books into foreign languages and to distribute and sell books into international markets.
    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 and include a firm commitment to publish regardless of the outcome of the 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.

New Zealand Literature Translation Grant Programme

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Creative New Zealand logoCreative New Zealand supports the translation of New Zealand Literature into foreign languages with a Translation Grant Scheme that’s administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand. These grants can contribute up to 50% of the translation cost to a maximum of NZ$5000 per title. You can download an application form online or you can contact a representative for more information.

German publishers – please go to the Frankfurt Translation section of our website to apply.

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.

We welcome new applications 4 times a year.
Deadlines for application rounds are:
  • 1 March
  • 1 June
  • 1 September
  • 1 December

We aim to consider applications and have results to you within 3 weeks of the given deadline.

Eligibility

  • 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.
  • Eligible genres include:

    • fiction
    • biography and autobiography
    • children’s fiction excluding picture books
    • narrative non-fiction
    • essays
    • histories
    • literary criticism
    • poetry

NB: Non-fiction projects will be assessed on their literary merit and their contribution to the development of New Zealand literature.

Application Process

The application process is simple and is completed by emailing required documents to admin@publishers.org.nz. The following documents must be attached:

  • fully completed application form
  • a signed licence agreement
  • a signed translator’s contract
  • a copy of the translator’s CV
  • a publisher profile
  • up to one page outlining marketing and publicity plans for the title

Grant Decisions

Applications are considered 4-yearly and we aim to have decisions advised within three weeks of the given deadline. Grant decisions are made by a five person assessment panel made up of representatives from Creative New Zealand, the Publishers Association of New Zealand, the New Zealand Book Council and the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation. Decisions are advised by email and successful applicants are required to sign a letter of agreement.

Grant Priorities

Applications are open to everybody who meets the eligibility criteria. In deciding on grants, particular weighting may be given to applications which offer larger potential readerships due to:

  • potential audience in the territory
  • publisher size and or reputation
  • publisher marketing investment
  • Creative New Zealand strategic objectives

Grant Payments

Grant payment is made on receipt of five print copies of the translated edition, complete with Creative New Zealand logo/credit placement on the copyright page of the book, and submission of an invoice.

Evaluation

Successful applicants will be required to provide follow-up information on the number of copies sold, as well as any comments on their involvement with the scheme.

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Contact Information

For further information or to enquire about submitted applications please contact:

Publishers Association of New Zealand
PO Box 102 006, North Shore 0745
Auckland 0632
New Zealand
admin@publishers.org.nz
Telephone: +64-9-477-5589

www.publishers.org.nz

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