Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation

George Bernard Shaw received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

The prize money was donated to the newly created Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation (ASLF). The patron of the foundation is the King of Sweden and the trustees include the Swedish Ambassador.

The purpose of the ASLF is 'the encouragement of cultural intercourse between Sweden and the British Islands through the promotion and diffusion of knowledge and appreciation of Swedish culture in the British

Standing donations are given to:

  • The Swedish English Literary Translators' Association.
  • The Society of Authors for the
    administration of the Bernard Shaw Translation Prize.
  • An annual book grant worth £100 awarded to 5 deserving students studying Swedish at a British university. The grant will be paid upon receipt for books.

Financial support can be applied for in respect of:

  • English translation of Swedish
    literature commissioned by a UK publisher.
  • Travel grants to British translators for visiting Sweden, and for Swedish writers coming to Britain
  • Funds can also be made available for the translation of works within other art forms.

Applications for financial support should be sent to the address below and must be received by 1 May or 1 November.

The Anglo-Swedish Literary Foundation
c/o Embassy of Sweden
11 Montagu Place
London W1H 2AL

The Bernard Shaw Translation Prize

In 1991 the ASLF instituted the Bernard Shaw Translation Prize. The £2 000 prize is awarded every three years to a translator, for the best translation into English of a Swedish work, published for the first time by a UK publisher. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. For more information, please visit:
Society of Authors