In Other Words 2018

Latest update 'Submissions for the 2018 initiative are now open! Please review the entry criteria and submission guidelines below.'

In Other Words is a project to promote the translation and UK publication of outstanding children's literature from around the world.

BookTrust is looking for outstanding works of children's fiction for children aged 6 to 12 that have not yet been published in the English language. We invite international publishers, agents and scouts to submit their most recent top selling titles and their untranslated classics that are still within copyright. We welcome books written by authors of all backgrounds.


A panel of expert judges will review the submissions and select up to 10 titles for partial translation. BookTrust will pay for sample translations of these texts and present them to the UK publishing community at an event at the London Book Fair in April 2018.


Read the full press release


In Other Words titles to be published in the UK

Last year's initiative saw nearly 400 submissions from across the world. We're pleased to announce that three of the eight shortlisted titles have now sold to UK publishers:

A Good Day for Climbing a Tree by Jaco Jacobs (translated from Afrikaans by Kobus Geldenhuys) - sold to Oneworld

Elise and the Second-hand Dog by Bjarne Reuter (translated from Danish by Sian Mackie) - sold to Wacky Bee

The Raven's Children by Yulia Yakoleva (translated from Russian by Maria Kozlovskaya Wiltshire) - UK publisher to be announced soon


We look forward to seeing these books in shops and reading the full translations.


You can read about last year's shortlisted titles (pictured below) in our Rights Guide and read the translated extracts on last year's page.  A marketing bursary of £1,500 is available from BookTrust to support the UK publication of each of these titles. 


In Other Words shortlisted titles 2017


How to submit an entry for 2018

Please review the documents provided in the entry guidelines below and download the submission form for completion. The submission form must be completed by the rights holder of the works.


A publisher may submit up to two titles per imprint, which must meet the following criteria:


  • The stories must be works of fiction aimed at an audience of children aged 6 to 12 of which the Author is the sole owner of the copyright and has warranted to the publisher that the work is original and is in no way a violation of any existing copyright or trademark.
  • The works should appeal to children from diverse backgrounds and also inspire a love of reading.
  • The stories can be in any language other than English, there must be no published English translation currently available.
  • All works must still be within copyright in their original language.
  • The works must not currently be under offer by any English language publisher.
  • The works must be published, or under contract to be published, in at least one country.
  • If the work has not yet been published, it must be due to publish on or before 31 October 2017.
  • The works must be written by a living author. We cannot accept any work that has been published posthumously. 
  • The author of the works must be willing to come to the UK, if required, should their book be purchased by a UK publisher.
  • The works should be a minimum of 4,000 words (approximately, when translated into English).


Entry deadline

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, 16 August 2017.


  • Daniel Hahn

    Writer, editor and translator
  • Nicolette Jones

    Writer, critic and broadcaster
  • Elaine McQuade

    Children’s books consultant
  • Jill Coleman

    BookTrust's Director of Children's Books

About the In Other Words 2018

Funded by Arts Council England, BookTrust will sponsor sample translations from selected children's books that have not previously been published in the English language and present them to the UK publishing community at an event at the London Book Fair in April 2018.


A panel of judges comprising of UK-based children's literature and translation experts, selected by BookTrust, will meet in late September 2017 to decide which of the submissions should go forward for partial translation.


A second judging meeting will take place in February 2018 at which a maximum of 4 titles will be selected as specially commended Honour Titles. All shortlisted titles will be available for British publishers to purchase from the rights holders at the London Book Fair in April 2018.


Titles that are purchased by British publishers will be supported by a £1,500 grant towards marketing and publicity.

Please download and review the following documents to ensure your titles are eligible and to understand how to complete your submission form.


In Other Words Entry Criteria and Terms & Conditions


In Other Words Submission Form Guidance


In Other Words Submission Form


In Other Words Frequently Asked Questions


Please complete one submission form per title - you can submit up to two titles per imprint.


Once you have filled in all fields on your submission form(s), please email as Word Document attachments to with email subject 'Submission'


If you have any queries, please email with email subject 'Query'