The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is inviting nominations for ALTA’s National Translation Award. The translator selected for this award will receive a cash prize of $5,000.
To be eligible for the 2014 National Translation Award, the translation must be:
- by an American citizen or U.S. resident
- from any language into English
- of a book-length work of fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction (literary criticism, philosophy, and biographies are not eligible),
- published anywhere in the world in 2013.
The deadline for nominating books published in 2013 is March 1, 2014.
Please use Submittable, at https://alta.submittable.com/submit to provide nomination materials, including the following:
- copy of the nominated book,
- copy of the original-language text (if available in pdf), along with
- a $50 entry fee for each nominated book ($30 if your press publishes five or fewer titles a year)
If original language text is available only in hard-copy, please send it by regular mail to: American Literary Translators Association, ATTN: National Translation Award, 900 East 7th St., PMB 266, Bloomington, IN 47405-3201.
Publishers will be asked to send THREE copies of the nominated book, if it is advanced to the Judges Round.
Queries concerning process can be sent to email@example.com.
Criteria for judging the award are:
- the importance of the translation and the literary significance of the original;
- the success of the translation in recreating the artistic force of the original.
Translations of contemporary works are preferred, but important re-translations or first-time translations of older works will also be considered if they make significant contributions to international literature and its translation.
The National Translation Award supports ALTA’s goal of enhancing the status of literary translation, improving the quality of literary translating, and broadening the market for works in English translation. Recent winners include such distinguished translators as Richard Wilbur (2008), Norman Shapiro (2009), Alex Zucker (2010), Lisa Rose Bradford (2011), Sinan Antoon (2012), and Phillip Boehm (2013).
The award-winning book and translator for 2014 will be featured at the 37th annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association in Milwaukee, WI.