Swedish Literature Abroad

Who can apply?

Swedish and foreign organisations and publishers are eligible to apply for funding to support literary events and international exchanges which promote high quality Swedish literature and drama internationally.

What does the scheme cover?

Foreign publishers may apply for funding to help cover the cost of inviting Swedish authors in conjunction with book launches, literary festivals and similar events. Organisations may apply for funding for projects or international exchanges. Projects can include, but are not limited to, translation seminars, collaborative literary projects and themed events. Financial support may also be awarded to information campaigns and publications aimed at promoting Swedish literature internationally.

Applications for internal activities and projects that do not explicitly aim to promote Swedish literature or drama will not be considered. Support may, however, be sought for projects involving authors not yet published in the country or language in question. Translation costs may be covered by the scheme if incurred within the framework of a project, but grants for the translation of Swedish literature are normally administered through the Support Scheme for Swedish Literature in Translation.

The Swedish Arts Council cannot approve funds for events that have already taken place.

How are applications assessed?

The subsidy aims to promote high quality Swedish literature and drama. Applications are assessed according to the quality of the projects proposed and the ability of these to reach a diverse audience. The introduction of first time authors and contemporary authorships are prioritised, as are children’s and young adult literature, poetry and drama.

Criteria considered include whether proposed events are locally supported and managed by a collaborating foreign organisation and whether additional funding has been applied for from other sources.

How to apply

Applications are made online. Applications submitted outside of the application period or after the deadline will not be considered. Incomplete applications not fully amended within a timeframe determined by the Swedish Arts Council will be treated as late submissions. Applications must include a project description, a budget, aims and objectives. The budget must clearly specify the costs for which funding is applied.


Decisions cannot be appealed. When grants have been allocated, confirmation will be sent to all applicants by email. A list of allocated grants will be published on the Swedish Arts Council’s website.

Conditions of the funding

All proposed activities must be carried out within the timeframe specified in the application and grants must be used according to stated conditions. A full evaluative report must be submitted to the Swedish Arts Council no later than two months after the completion of the project. This report must include both a detailed account of expenses and a report summarising the impact of the project. Should the proposed plans change, the Swedish Arts Council must be informed without delay. Such changes may lead to funding being reclaimed. If the recipient discontinues planned activities prematurely, all unused funds must be returned.

The recipient must acknowledge the support received from the Swedish Arts Council in all marketing and information material related to the project and include The Swedish Arts Council logo where appropriate.


Swedish Arts Council
PO Box 27215
SE-102 53 Stockholm, Sweden

Jan Kärrö
Telephone: +46 8 519 264 61


Application dates 2019 for Literature Abroad – grants for travel, promotion and themed events are:
14 February 2019
9 May 2019
5 September 2019
29 October 2019

Please note that applications received by the Swedish Arts Council after 24.00 on the last application date will be evaluated the next application round.

To apply, use our online service, link below


Copy of application form. Note:

  • the form may be changed.
  • the copy of the application form should not be posted.



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