Apply to the 9th Annual Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference

This summer, don’t miss your chance to spend a week in lovely Vermont studying the art of literary translation! Featuring a stellar faculty including past NTA winners Matvei Yankelevich and Geoffrey Brock, the 9th Annual Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference is an invaluable experience no matter where you are in your translation career. Rolling applications end February 15, and financial aid is available! https://www.middlebury.edu/writers-conferences/translators-conference

From the website:

“June 2 – 8, 2023

“Award-winning translators will offer introductory and advanced workshops along with an inspiring schedule of readings and lectures all in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Receive expert feedback on your literary translations into English or take part in an Introductory Workshop to learn more about the process and to become part of the growing community of translators. Rolling admissions end on February 15. Financial aid available.

“2023 Faculty: Madhu H. Kaza and Matvei Yankelevich (Introductory workshops); Mónica de la Torre (poetry workshop); Hosam Aboul-Ela and Padma Viswanathan (prose workshops); and Geoffrey Brock (mixed workshop including prose and poetry). In addition to their literary accomplishments, faculty has been specifically chosen for their skill at guiding developing translators in a given genre.

“2023 Visiting Agents & EditorsSarah Coolidge, Editor, Two Lines Press; Markus Hoffmann, Agent, Regal Hoffmann & Associates; Yuka Igarashi, Executive Editor, Graywolf Press; Elianna Kan, Agent, Regal Hoffmann & Associates; Tynan Kogane, Editor, New Directions; Lee Yew Leong, Editor-in-Chief, Asymptote; Chad W. Post, Publisher, Open Letter”

Visit the website for more information: www.middlebury.edu/blwc/bltc

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American Literary Translators Association to Receive $50,000 Grant from Academy of American Poets

Tucson, AZ—The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) has been approved for a $50,000 Capacity-Building Grant from the Academy of American Poets to support a redesign of the current ALTA website, which has long been a goal for ALTA’s Board, staff, and constituents. 

Recognizing that literary nonprofit organizations need to address sustainability, the Academy of American Poets offers this special Capacity Building Program that will award funds over two years in grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to support projects that build organizational capacity. The Capacity-Building Grants Program is made possible by a special gift from the Hawthornden Fund, established by the Drue Heinz estate. For more information, visit the Grants Program webpage.  

“We are incredibly grateful to receive funding from the Academy of American Poets for this long-awaited project,” said ALTA Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette. “This crucial support will help us create a website that provides a clean reading experience for the ALTA community, with a clear search function, easy navigation to information, videos, and databases, and expanded accessibility features. This grant will enable us to make the ALTA website available to a wider audience than ever before.”

For more information, visit the Academy of American Poets’ webpage

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2023 ALTA Awards Open for Submissions

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is excited to announce that the submissions portals for the 2023 ALTA awards are open! The following prizes are now accepting submissions: 

The winners of the ALTA book awards will be announced at the ALTA46 conference, held this November in Tucson, AZ; the 2023 Travel Fellows will be announced in September, and be featured in a reading at the ALTA46 conference.

Please note that we only accept submissions through our Submittable portal. The deadline for awards submissions is April 17 at 11:59pm PT. Direct any questions about ALTA’s awards to Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org.

Plus! ALTA is delighted to announce that the prize amounts offered to the winners of the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose, previously $2,500 each, has been increased to $4,000 each. Find out more about this update on our blog

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Register for The Common’s Craft Class with Boris Dralyuk

Poetry translators! Don’t miss your chance to register for this upcoming class on January 21, 12-2pm ET via Zoom with past NTA judge Boris Dralyuk, offered by The Common

From the website: 

“Extraordinary Measures: Translating Formal Poetry

“Students will discuss the challenges of rendering verse that is metrical, rhymed, or formally sophisticated in other ways. They will compare translations of poems from a number of languages that aim to preserve, without necessarily replicating, the formal effects of the originals, and will, if willing, share their work.”

Learn more here and register soon. Recordings will be available after the fact for participants who cannot attend the live event.

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Update to National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose

January 12, 2023–The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is delighted to announce that thanks to a generous gift from an ALTA member, the prize amounts offered to the winners of the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose, previously $2,500 each, has been increased to $4,000 each.

The National Translation Awards (NTA) in Poetry and Prose are awarded annually to literary translators who have made an outstanding contribution to literature in English by masterfully recreating the artistic force of a book of consummate quality. Established in 1998, the NTA is the only prize for a work of literary translation into English to include a full evaluation of the source language text. 2015 was the first year in which the NTA was awarded separately in poetry and prose, when the original prize amount of $5,000 was split evenly into $2,500 for each award.

Starting with the 2023 awards cycle, ALTA will award $4,000 each to the winners of the NTA in Prose and the NTA in Poetry. The 2023 winners of the NTA will be announced along with the winners of the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize, Italian Prose in Translation Award, and the Spain-USA Foundation Translation Award at the ALTA46 conference, which will be held in Tucson, AZ in early November.

By increasing the award amounts conferred on the winners of the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose, ALTA is proud to recognize the skill and labor of literary translators and reward excellence in literary translation. 

Submissions to the 2023 National Translation Awards, along with the other prizes ALTA offers, will open via Submittable on January 17, 2023. 

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