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Coming up – 85 new translations of Swedish books!

The grant committee for translation grants for Swedish books have had their final meeting for 2017. They evaluated 123 applications this round, and could approve 85 of them. Among the approved titles we find Johannes Anyuru’s novel The Yard Rabbit, awarded with the August Prize 2017, Lina Wolff’s novel De polyglotta älskarna which won the August Prize last year, and Liv Strömquist’s widely successful graphic novel Kunskapens frukt.

Discover the complete list of approved titles

New Swedish Books

The Autumn issue of New Swedish Books is here! Check out which books the librarian, the author and the critic have chosen as their favourites of this autumn.

Read more about the publication

Photo: Enrica Hallvarsson

The World in Sweden and Sweden in the World

For the second year running ‘Översättargruvan’  [The Translators’ Mine] was organized in Norberg, Västmanland. This year author Aris Fioretos took part, together with six translators of his novels, on the theme of ‘The World in Sweden and Sweden in the World’.

Read more about Översättargruvan

Results of Translation grants, 2nd application round 2017

The results of the 2nd application round for the applications for translation grants are now released. This time, the grant committee got 123 applications, and could approve 83 of those into 30 different languages. Fiction, children’s fiction and picturebooks are the most represented genres this time, with equal number of approved applications. To see which titles that were approved – please have a look at the enclosed document (click here).

Nordic translator seminar in Norwich

On the 4th and the 5th of May twenty or so translators from all the Nordic languages into English met at the Writers’ Centre Norwich, England, for a seminar arranged by the centre in collaboration with the Swedish Arts Council, Danish Arts Foundation, NORLA and FILI.

Read more about the seminar

Our first Editors’ Week in Stockholm

From the 16th to the 19th of May the Swedish Arts Council and Swedish Literature Exchange invited six international publishers to Stockholm to take part in our first ever Editors’ Week.

Read more about Editors’ Week


Don’t forget to apply for our international literature grants: Literature projects, translation grants, travel grants and more. These are the relevant deadlines and all information you need to know when applying.

See list of dates/deadlines

Nordic participation at the Beijing International Book Fair 2017

On the 23rd – 27th August it’s time for China’s biggest book fair, Beijing International Book Fair. The Swedish Arts Council will be at the helm of the Nordic Pavilion at the fair, together with our Nordic colleagues Danish Arts Foundation, FILI and NORLA. We have offered the opportunity for Nordic publishers and agents to showcase their work in our booth and five Swedish agencies will be represented in Beijing in August. 

Translation grants 2017

The results of the first round of applications for translation grants are now being sent out to the applicants. 27 mars 2017 This first round we got 141 applications for translations, and out of these 89 applications were approved and 6 applications were postponed to the next round.

Read more and download the list


The cream of this season’s crop of novels and poetry, brilliant children’s books, exciting young adult books and innovative comics, and an in-depth article about Swedish literature prizes can all be found in the spring edition of New Swedish Books, which captures the most interesting tendencies and expressions in the Swedish literature of spring 2017.

Read more and download the magazine


Translators, publishers and sub-agents with an interest in Swedish literature are now invited to apply for the Göteborg Book Fair Fellowship Programme 2017. The deadline for applications is May 4th.

Read more and apply


Sweden and the Nordic countries are eager to recognise their native authors through the awarding of literature prizes. The August Prize, the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Catapult Award are only a few of the prizes that will be given out this year.

Read more


We are looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming bookfairs in London and Bologna! Please don’t hesitate to stop by or contact us in advance for a meeting!

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Application deadlines 2017

Don’t forget to apply for our international literature grants: Literature projects, translation grants, travel grants, Gothenburg Book Fair Fellowship and more. These are the relevant deadlines and all information you need to know when applying.

Read more: list of deadlines

Lina Wolff Photo: Private

The August Prize - best Swedish books of 2016

The winners of this year’s August Prize, one of Sweden’s most prestigious literature awards, have been announced. The prize is awarded in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and children’s and young adult literature.

Read more about the winners

Translation activities in 2016

It is exciting and rewarding to see that there is an active international conversation about the translation of Swedish literature, which would never be able to cross our country’s borders were it not for our outstanding translators!

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Head of Swedish Literature Exchange
Susanne Bergström Larsson
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 83 

Translation grants
Susanne Bergström Larsson
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 83 

Grants for translators
Susanna Höijer
tel +46 (0)8 519 264 50

Grants for projects & events
Jan Kärrö
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 61

Editor website & publications
Anna Ringberg
Tel: +46 (0)8 519 264 48

Swedish Arts Council
PO Box 27215
SE-102 53 Stockholm



New Swedish Books
Autumn 2017

New Swedish Books
Spring 2017

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2016

Swedish Poetry

Cover of New Swedish Books spring 2016.

New Swedish Books
Spring 2016

Cover: New Swedish Books autumn 2015. 

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2015

New Swedish Books
Spring 2015

Swedish Comics 

New Swedish Books
Autumn 2014

New Swedish Books
Spring 2014

New Swedish Books

New Swedish Books
for Young Readers

New Swedish Drama

Contemporary Swedish Illustrators

Contemporary Swedish Illustrators

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