For agents and publishers

Translation subsidy

APPLICATION DEADLINES: Fiction: 1 April, 1 August, 15 November | Non-fiction: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October

NORLA’s translation subsidies are intended to encourage foreign publishers to publish books by Norwegian and Sami authors of fiction and non-fiction. Publishers from the entire world, including from the Nordic region, can apply for NORLA’s subsidies for translations of Norwegian literature.

Send application form and attachments to:
and write ‘Translation Subsidy’ in the subject field.

Translation subsidies between Nordic languages

APPLICATION DEADLINES (Norwegian titles): Fiction: 1 April, 1 August, 15 November | Non-fiction: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ programme for art and culture will continue its funding scheme for the translation of literature and drama from one Nordic language to another.

Criteria for NORLA's translation subsidy

The aim of NORLA’s translation subsidy is to contribute to increasing the number of Norwegian books that are translated, published and distributed abroad. NORLA’s board reviews the criteria on a regular basis.
NORLA subsidises translations of Norwegian and Sami languages.

For translations from Sami languages, subsidies are granted provided the original has a Norwegian ISBN number and that it is for a market outside the Nordic region.

Translation grants for Norwegian contemporary drama

APPLICATION DEADLINES: 15 February, 15 May, 15 September and 15 November

The Writers’ Guild of Norway (in Norwegian: Dramatikerforbundet) may award grants for the translation of Norwegian dramatic works to other languages. The primary purpose of the grant scheme is to contribute to the presentation/production of Norwegian drama abroad.

Subsidies for anthologies and journals


NORLA can award subsidies for the translation of Norwegian literature for publication in journals and anthologies, etc. or other projects falling outside of the criteria for ordinary translation subsidies.

Sample translations for agents and publishers

APPLICATION DEADLINES: 1 March and 15 September

Agents and publishers in Norway and abroad can apply to NORLA for subsidies for sample translations.

Production subsidies for illustrated Norwegian children's books and illustrated Norwegian non-fiction

APPLICATION DEADLINES: As for translation subsidy: Fiction: 1 April, 1 August, 15 November | Non-fiction: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October

NORLA has two schemes offering production subsidies for illustrated children’s books and for some types of illustrated non-fiction.

Travel grants for Norwegian authors and lecturers invited to attend (digital) festivals, book launches/author presentations abroad


NORLA offers funding for book launch trips and author presentations abroad.
NORLA has also been commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to administrate a limited annual amount to be allocated to Norwegian authors who have been invited to festivals or conferences abroad.

Due to the corona situation, it is currently difficult to invite Norwegian authors to international festivals, launches and other events abroad. Foreign publishers, festival organizers and other parties who wish to create digital events with Norwegian authors can therefore apply for support for webinars, podcasts, interviews in the form of film recordings etc. It is also possible to apply for support for advertising and publicity of author and literature programs in digital media.

Please use the standard application form, without filling in travel details.
There is no application deadline.

Travel grant for Norwegian agents and publishers

Funding for activities related to the export of Norwegian literature.

Travel grants for agents, publishers, the press and translators


NORLA offers funding for travel to Norway for agents, publishers, members of the press and translators for meetings with Norwegian publishers, agents and authors.

Grants for export and market initiatives for Norwegian books and authors abroad

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1 February, 1 May, 1 September

The scheme will help strengthen exports, demand and market development for Norwegian books and authors abroad, and in doing so increase the earnings for Norwegian participants. The projects for which grants are applied for should be aimed at opening new markets for one or more books or authors; or aimed at the further development of existing markets. The grant scheme is intended to stimulate good market ideas and initiatives for titles that have specific export potential, as well as initiating new and strengthening existing collaborative projects with international publishers, sub-agents and other relevant partners.

Digital Fellowship: Lillehammer Rights 2021

Registration deadline: was 15 April

Are you a Nordic publisher, editor, sub-agent or scout who is interested in publishing and working with Norwegian literature?
Then save the dates 26 – 28 May 2021!

Books from Norway provides you with information in English about Norwegian literature in all genres. The information is provided by rightsholders and NORLA.

Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Please visit our website for information about the project, news and events.

Frankfurt 2019