The American Literary Translators Association’s executive director discusses the organization’s new administration of the Cliff Becker Book Prize—the only U.S. award that offers publication to a full-length book of poetry translated into English—and the importance of awarding fellowships to emerging translators.
Five editors of independent presses specializing in translation discuss how they find new work from around the world, the challenges they face as publishers, and the future of literary translation.
Two awards of $10,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection or novel translated into English for the first time and published in the previous year. The winning author will receive $5,000; the translator or translators will receive $5,000. Nancy Naomi Carlson, Patricia Lockwood, Aditi Machado, Laura Marris, and Brandon Shimoda will judge in poetry; Elisa Wouk Almino, Pierce Alquist, Hailey Dezort, Louisa Ermelino, Hal Hlavinka, Keaton Patterson, Christopher Phipps, Lesley Rains, and Justin Walls will judge in fiction. Submit six copies of a translated poetry collection published in 2019 by December 31 or ten copies of a translated book of fiction published in 2019 by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines and mailing addresses of judges.
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The 2019 prize will be given for prose. Submit up to 20 pages of prose translated into English and a copy of the original text with an $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Gulf Coast, by September 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
A prize of £3,000 (approximately $3,780) is given annually for a book of poetry or fiction translated from Arabic into English and published for the first time in English during the previous year. Translations of Arabic works of poetry or fiction originally published in 1967 or later are eligible. Publishers may submit five copies of a book published between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, with three copies of the original work by March 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Circumference Books, launched in 2018 by Jennifer Kronovet and Dan Visel, is dedicated to bringing international works of poetry to an English-speaking audience.
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