Sheikh Zayed Book Awards

Translation Fund Initiative

Translation Funding

The aim of SZBA’s translation fund is to contribute to increasing the number of Arabic books that are translated, published and distributed abroad. Funding is available for translation of all literary and children’s titles that have won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.


Applications are accepted all year round. Notification is made after 2-3 months of application date.

Formal Requirements:

  • The applicant must be a publisher in a country other than the Middle East
  • The signed contract between the publisher and rights holder for the Arabic edition, and between the publisher and translator must be included.
  • Funding will prioritize three languages; French, English and German. The translation shall normally be carried out directly from Arabic. SZBA may in some cases review the quality of the translation before the translation fund is paid.
  • The quality of the book must be of an acceptable calibre and a quality assessment will be carried out by SZBA Scientific committee. The applicant must submit a promotional plan to the translated work.

Support Materials:

  • Brief profile of your press and publishing mandate
  • Budget
  • An up-to-date biography of the translator(s), including relevant translation and publication credits

Grant Ammount:

A maximum of approximately 17.000€ per title; plus a supplement, if applicable, to cover specific promotion and production costs.

How To Apply:

Download the application form and email it with all the support materials required to with the subject line “Translation Funding”.

For further information on the fund, kindly review Sheikh Zayed Book Award "Rights Guide To Winning Titles" or contact us on