Open Call

Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) Literary Arts

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding
Banff, Canada


The BILTC program offers individual work sessions with faculty and the program director. Accepted translators can expect to present their work-in-progress and share personal experiences related to writing and translating at round table sessions. These sessions will be held throughout the residency and moderated by the program director and guest faculty. The round table sessions will also include a broader group discussion of issues and challenges faced in the practice of literary translation. Participating translators will also be invited to read from their works-in-progress at formal and informal reading/sharing events. There will be an opportunity for participating translators to learn from a guest publisher, who will share experiences on translation, in an informal talk.

Number of Participants

BILTC welcomes applications from student, emerging, and professional translators from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. Translators seeking time to focus on a current literary translation project and an opportunity to connect with literary translators from around the world will benefit greatly from this program. All applicants must be translators from the Americas translating literature from anywhere in the world, or translators from anywhere in the world translating literature from the Americas. Eligible projects include translations of works of fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, children’s literature, oral tradition, and drama. We especially welcome projects involving Indigenous languages of the Americas. Translator applicants’ program applications should be filled out in the same language that they plan to translate work into.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


June 02, 2020 - June 21, 2020


  • CA$500.00 travel budget
  • CA$3,413.00 stipend (one-time)


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$3,413.00 program fee (one-time)


Individual Studio, Library


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Discussion, Group Dinners, Mentors, Retreat, Round Tables, Visiting Professionals


Journalism, Literature


No languages listed

Program Description

The Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) offers student, emerging, and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project. Participants will work in a trilingual environment with faculty and peers, resulting in an exceptional learning experience. Participants will work individually and as a group with a faculty group of accomplished translators. There will also be an opportunity for some participants to consult with the author whose work they are translating. Accepted participants will be notified after adjudication and prior to their arrival, if the author they are translating will be available for on-site consultation. *Financial Aid up to 100% is available for this program. Travel awards to partially offset travel costs may also be available, up to $500 CAD per participant.

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