For agents and publishers

Translation subsidy

NORLA’s translation subsidies are intended to encourage foreign publishers to publish books by Norwegian 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.

As of April 15, 2020: New guarantee for translation subsidy.

The Nordic Literature Export Organisations Launch New Initiative

Due to the coronavirus meeting places are empty and cultural events are cancelled. Yet literature and culture remain as important as ever.

With a temporary 50% guarantee of grants for translations the literature export organisations in the Nordic countries wish to encourage further exchange of literature and reinforce the support for translation of fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature for the benefit of authors, translators, publishers and literary agencies.

Provided they are approved by the respective country, applications for translation grants are therefore guaranteed a 50% grant towards the translation costs. Contemporary literature will be prioritized.The guarantee remains valid as long as the situation requires and applies for applications as of April 15, throughout 2020, or as long as the budgets allow it. After this the need to prolong the guarantee will be evaluated.

NORLA’s application deadlines, requirements and criteria for support remain unchanged.

Read more about the temporary guarantee here

Click here to see NORLA’s criteria for translation of fiction and/or non-fiction (last updated September 2013).

Read more about subsidies for translations within the Nordic region here.

The text must be published in book form and it is a requirement that the application be submitted before publication.
Translation shall normally be done directly from Norwegian. All applications must include a contract between the rightsholder and translator, and the translator’s CV demonstrating that he/she masters the Norwegian language. An exception can be made here, where special circumstances apply, such as a lack of qualified translators from Norwegian. In the event of a translation via languages other than Norwegian, NORLA requests documentation that the rights on the new translation have been cleared with the primary translator.

All applications for translation subsidies (and where applicable, production subsidies) are assessed by NORLA’s two committees of experts: one committee for fiction and one committee for non-fiction.
NORLA’s committees of experts can award subsidies for up to four applications per publisher per year, and publishers can apply for subsidies for a maximum of two books per application round.
Read more about NORLA’s committees of experts here.

Use the application form (below).
Due to our mail server policy we cannot receive zip-files. Please send us Word- or PDF-files.

Application deadlines:
The application deadlines for non-fiction titles are:
1 February, 1 June and 1 October.

The application deadlines for fiction titles are:
1 April, 1 August and 15 November.

All applications are considered within approximately 1 month’s time.

Information about subsidies granted by NORLA is to appear on the book’s copyright page. The following statement (in the language in question) is a recommendation:
“This translation has been published with the financial support of NORLA, Norwegian Literature Abroad.”

NORLA’s logo shall also be featured (available for download here).

In addition to translation subsidies for Norwegian books, publishers can also apply to NORLA for production subsidies for picture books for children and certain types of Norwegian illustrated non-fiction. This application must be sent simultaneously.
Read more about production subsidies for Norwegian titles here.

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.

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