Submission Guidlines

Submission Guidlines

FOUND IN TRANSLATION will be a new anthology of translation samples of the most promising works of international children’s fiction unpublished in the English language. The anthology will be distributed to English-language publishers globally for consideration for English-language publication. Submissions to this competition are open to qualifying works published in every language (other than English) throughout the world.


In order to qualify for FOUND IN TRANSLATION, titles must be commercially published by 31 December 2014 in a language other than English. Titles must be aimed at readers aged 5-18 years old and must be fiction.

By submitting a title for FOUND IN TRANSLATION, the rights holder agrees not to license English language rights for the title or submit that title for English language publication until they are notified that their application has been unsuccessful or the competition winners have been announced (whichever is the sooner).

Submissions must be from publishing houses or literary agencies representing the rights holder. Submissions are limited to one title per publishing house or agency.

FOUND IN TRANSLATION submissions must include the following material:

  • Title specifications: publication date, language, total number of words, age range
  • Cover image in jpeg form
  • Full manuscript in word doc or PDF (in original language)
  • Synopsis of book in ENGLISH (note: please send a summary of the whole book, not a teaser blurb)
  • Author biography and photo
  • Award information (if applicable)
  • Reviews (if applicable)
  • Domestic and international sales figures, international rights sales details
  • Any other English language material (i.e. translation sample)
  • Actual/planned publication date of the original edition.

If your title is selected for inclusion in the anthology, you will supply us up to three free copies of the book in the original language if requested for translation purposes.


Please submit all material electronically, in one or as few emails as possible, to by 11:59 PM GMT on 30 April 2014.

The following information must be included in the subject of the email: title, author, rights holder, language.


All submissions will be reviewed by the Rights People team.

A long list of titles will be selected and submitted to our readers in June 2014 and all applicants will be notified of the status of their submission no later than 14th July 2014. A list of the long listed titles will be posted on our website by 31st July 2014.

A panel of judges consisting of leading UK and US children’s publishers will review the reader’s reports and select the winning titles. Applicants on the long list will be notified whether or not they have been selected for the anthology (which it is intended will comprise approximately 10 titles provided the judges deem there are enough titles of sufficient quality to be included) no later than 30th September 2014. A list of the winners will be posted on our website no later than 31st March 2015.

The winning titles will receive a professional literary translation sample in the English language of approximately 5000 words of the title in time for Bologna 2015 plus an offer of representation by Rights People.

The winners will be announced at Bologna 2015. All winning samples will be included in the FOUND IN TRANLSATION anthology, which will be circulated by Rights People on a non-commercial basis as a PDF eBook to suitable English-language publishers globally.

Terms & Conditions

Entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering this competition you accept that if you are a winner you agree to the translation of the sample into English and its publication in the anthology.

Submissions from authors or any other party will not be accepted. Evidence of representation must be supplied on request. Applications for which sufficient evidence of representation is not supplied on request will be rejected.

This competition is not open to employees of Rights People or Working Partners Limited or any of its companies or anyone concerned with this promotion or to members of their immediate family.

We reserve the right to (a) award an alternative prize of equal or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to vary, amend or withdraw this competition on reasonable notice including if there are insufficient applications of suitable quality to permit publication of an anthology of approximately 10 titles. There are no cash alternatives.

The prize winning authors may be requested to take part in a presentation, which may be used for publicity purposes.

Entry into this competition constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

The promoter of this competition is Rights People, a division of Working Partners Ltd, Stanley House, St Chad’s Place, London WC1X 9HH.

Download the Found in Translation submission guidelines.