International Armenian Literary Alliance launches two $2,500 grants for creative writing and translation

The International Armenian Literary Alliance (IALA) has launched two grants of $2,500, one for an Armenian to English translation and the other for contemporary creative writing. Applications for both grants will be accepted September 1-30, 2022.

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.

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 Gulbenkian Foundation, IALA will support grant recipients in the publication and promotion of selected works. 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.

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 application period for both in September 1-30.