Cove Park is delighted to continue its Translation Programme, in partnership with Publishing Scotland, to bring two translators of Scottish books for a two-week residency each to Cove Park this autumn. The programme is designed to develop the writers’ practice and boost the profile of literary translation.

The aim of the residency is to enable literary translators of books by Scotland-based authors to familiarize themselves with the surrounding from which the books originated.

The residencies will run alongside this year’s Translation Week, which welcomes five English-language translators to Cove Park to work on their translation projects and benefit from each other’s expertise and feedback. Translation Week is a biannual translation residency co-organised by the National Centre for Writing based in Norwich (see a separate call for applications here).

Beside self-catering accommodation and participation in Translation Week, successful applicants will receive £150 towards the cost of travel and living expenses.

The residency will run for two weeks between Monday, 4 November and Monday, 25 November 2019.


Applicants must

— have translated at least one book from English into their working language

— be contracted to translate a Scottish* book (a book by a Scotland-based author, preferably a living author, or published by a Scottish publisher)

Please submit the following information:

— cover email including your postal, e-mail and website addresses, daytime and evening contact telephone number(s). In the subject heading of your covering e-mail, please put ‘Translation Residency Publishing Scotland 2019’. Please state how you heard about this call for applications and Cove Park’s translation programme

— a brief CV, including list of publications

— a brief statement (no more than two sides of A4), detailing your translation practice, the reasons for your interest in this residency and what you will bring to it, and how your work and career would benefit from a two-week residency

— a sample translation of up to 1,000 words, as well as the source text

— please combine the application into a single PDF


The deadline is Sunday, 18 August 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified on or before Monday, 9 September 2019.

Please send all applications to

Download the call-out here: Translation Residencies 2019 with Publishing Scotland.

Please direct all queries to Rebecca DeWald,