Each year the Yiddish Book Center awards a small number of grants to publishers bringing out new works of Yiddish literature in English translation. In selecting grantees we prioritize publishers and projects with the potential to bring Yiddish literature to a wide audience at an affordable price. We give special consideration to projects by translators who have participated in the Center's Translation Fellowship.
To apply for a publisher grant, use the application form below.
Most grants will be between $2,000–3,000, and the funds can be applied toward the translator's fee and/or printing costs. Once published, books that have been awarded grants will be promoted by the Yiddish Book Center through social media as well as through a variety of other channels, which may include the Center's podcast, print magazine, website, and member newsletters.
Past grantees include:
- On the Landing by Yenta Mash, translated by Ellen Cassedy, published by Northern Illinois University Press (2018)
- Judgment by David Bergelson, translated by Harriet Murav and Sasha Senderovich, published by Northwestern University Press (2017)
- Pioneers: The First Breach by S. An-sky, translated by Rose Waldman, published by Syracuse University Press (2017)
Application Requirements and Conditions
- Applications can be submitted on a rolling basis, and grants are awarded twice yearly, in March and September.
- Applications must be submitted by publishers, not by translators.
- We only consider applications for projects in which a contract has already been signed between the publisher and the translator, but the book has not yet been printed.
- We consider books in the following genres: fiction, literary prose, poetry, drama, memoir, literary non-fiction, works for children and young people, journalism, essays, biography, and history.
- Publishers must acknowledge the support of the Yiddish Book Center on the book itself and in all marketing and promotional materials. Exact details of the wording and placement of the acknowledgement must be agreed upon by the publisher and the Yiddish Book Center before book design is completed and before marketing of the book commences.
- The publisher and the translator will supply necessary information (e.g., bios, photographs) and will assist in the Center's promotional efforts for the book, including by agreeing to be interviewed for the Center's various media channels.
To save a draft of your application, click “save draft” at the bottom of the page, enter your email address, and you’ll be sent a personalized link to return to your draft at any time. If you have any questions, please contact Managing Editor Lesley Yalen at [email protected].