Applications open for International Armenian Literary Alliance Creative Writing and Translation Grants –

Graphic of the International Armenian Literary Alliance Creative Writing Grant

The application period is now open for the two $2,500 International Armenian Literary Alliance scholarships, one for an Armenian-to-English translation and the other for contemporary creative writing. Applications will be accepted September 1-30.

The IALA Creative Writing Fellowship will award $2,500 per year to an Armenian writer whose current work demonstrates outstanding literary and creative ability. In 2022, the fellowship will be awarded for a work of fiction and, in future years, for works of creative poetry and non-fiction, as well as other mixed genre forms. The 2022 scholarship will be judged by Raffi Wartanian, Aline Ohanesian, Aida Zilelian and Nancy Agabian.

The Creative Writing Fellowship aims to foster the development of contemporary Armenian literature in English through an annual monetary award. Additionally, IALA will support grant recipients in promoting their publications through marketing on our website and social media channels, through book reviews, readings and discussions. Click here to apply.

The IALA Translation Grant will award $2,500 to a translator working from Armenian source texts into English. In 2022, the scholarship will be awarded for any prose work written in Western Armenian by a female author. Although preference is given to more recent works (after the 20th century), we welcome works from all eras. The 2022 scholarship will be judged by Tatevik Ayvazyan, Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian and Garen Torikian.

International Armenian Literary Alliance Translation Scholarship Chart

Given the traumatic history of the Armenian Diaspora, many readers are unable to read works in native Armenian and therefore have centuries of literature inaccessible to them. Translators working with Armenian texts have traditionally lacked resources in the publishing world, as well as access to other funding, due to the overwhelming influence of so-called “majority languages”. The IALA Translation Fellowship is intended to foster the development of contemporary Armenian literature in English through a monetary award.

Additionally, in partnership with the Armenian Institute and Mashtots Press, and with funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, IALA will support the grantee in the publication and promotion of the selected work. As Western Armenian is on the UNESCO list of endangered languages, we believe it is imperative to pay more attention to Western Armenian literature. As female authors producing Armenian literature are a minority within a minority, there is also a need to highlight the works of these writers. Click here to apply.

For more information on the two grants, visit the website. Please read the eligibility criteria and guidelines in full before applying.

These two grants were made possible by a generous gift from the Armenian Allied Arts Association, a Southern California-based organization that has discovered, encouraged and promoted new talent of Armenian descent for more than eighty years.

For more information, please visit the IALA website.