In Other Words 2018

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

Submissions for In Other Words 2018 have now closed.

Our panel of expert judges are now reading the submissions and will select up to 10 titles to shortlist.

The shortlist will be announced in March 2018.

Funded by Arts Council England, BookTrust will pay for sample translations of the shortlisted titles and present them to the UK publishing community at an event at the London Book Fair in April 2018, where up to four of the titles will be named as Honour Titles.

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

While we're busy with the judging process, you can read about the books selected in 2017. Also keep an eye out for these three titles from last year that will be hitting bookstores soon:

  • A Good Day for Climbing Trees by Jaco Jacobs (translated from Afrikaans by Kobus Geldenhuys) – to be published by Oneworld in April 2018.
  • Elise and the Second-Hand Dog by Bjarne Reuter (translated from Danish by Sian Mackie) – to be published by Wacky Bee (date TBC).
  • The Raven's Children by Yulia Yakovleva (translated from Russian by Maria Kozlovskaya Wiltshire) – UK publisher to be announced soon.

If you're eager to learn a new language, brush up on your skills or read a classic book in its original language, visit European Schoolbooks.

If you're interested in joining an international book community, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) have 75 sections across the world.

To read some great books in translation, check out our favourites ( or visit Outside In World where you can search for books from all over the world.

For updates on this year's initiative, follow @BookTrust on Twitter. And if you have any queries, please email



Sarah ArdizzoneSarah Ardizzone

Award-winning translator

Sarah Ardizzone is an award-winning translator from French. She translates everything from picture books and children's and YA fiction to graphic novels and grown up literary fiction. She has a special interest in translating sharp dialogue, urban and migrant slang.

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn

Writer, editor and translator

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator from Portuguese, Spanish and French with some 50 books to his name.. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award, among others. He is a past chair of the Translators Association and the Society of Authors. 

Emma Langley

Emma Langley

Arts Council England

Emma Langley is responsible for international literature and translation at Arts Council England. She has a background in children's publishing and freelances in research and evaluation for various education projects.


Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay

Award-winning author

Candy Gourlay is the award-winning author of two children's novels, Tall Story and Shine. She is also a committee member of CWIG (the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group) of the Society of Authors, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer for SCBWI (the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) in the British Isles.

Nicolette Jones

Nicolette Jones

Writer, critic and broadcaster

Nicolette Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster specialising in literary and arts journalism. She has been the Children's Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times for more than two decades, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of children's books. 

Elaine McQuade

Elaine McQuade

Children's books consultant

Elaine McQuade is a children's books consultant. Her career in children's publishing included working at Puffin, Oxford University Press and Scholastic, and she is currently a Trustee of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

Jill Coleman

Jill Coleman

BookTrust's director of children's books

Jill Coleman is Director of Children's Books. She is responsible for BookTrust's expert selection and recommendation of great books, managing book purchasing across the organisation, and working with arts organisations, publishers, authors, and illustrators to promote excellence in children's books. 

Florentyna MartinFlorentyna Martin

Children's Book Buyer at Waterstones

Florentyna Martin is the Children's Book Buyer for Waterstones, where she looks after book ranges for ages 0-12 and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. She has always enjoyed reading and recommending great books across children's and adult publishing.

Gary PowellGary Powell

Buyer at Foyles

Gary has worked in the book retail industry for close to 15 years, in some of the busiest stores in central London. In that time, he has progressed from the shopfloor and managing his own store into the buying team at Foyles, where he is responsible for all new titles buying for the six Foyles branches beyond the flagship store.

Simon KeySimon Key

Co-Owner of the Big Green Bookshop in London

Simon Key is the co-owner of the award winning Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green. Simon's love of book stems from when he "accidentally" started working in a bookshop at 16 and realised that books weren't just things that teachers made you read at school.

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