Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators

The Goethe-Institut New York invites applications for the sixth annual Frederick and Grace Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators. The purpose of the prize is to identify and encourage outstanding emerging translators of the German language and assist them in establishing contact with the translation and publishing communities.

The prize, which comes with a cash award of $2,500, is open to all college students and translators under the age of 35 who, at the time the prize is awarded, have not yet published nor are under contract for a book-length translation from the German. Applications will be accepted only from permanent residents of the United States.

Each applicant is required to translate a designated text into English. Team translations will not be accepted.

All entries, due by midnight, Friday, March 18, 2015, will be submitted to a jury consisting of three experts on translation and literature. The winner of the Gutekunst Prize will be notified in early May 2015. The jury’s statement and the name of the winner will be published on the website of the Goethe-Institut, along with the winning translation.

The winner of the Gutekunst Prize will be invited to an award ceremony to take place at the Goethe-Institut New York, at which time the $2,500 prize will be awarded and the winner will have the opportunity to present his or her translation.

Frederick Peter Gutekunst was professor of German for more than 30 years at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York City. From Frederick Gutekunst’s love of the German language evolved the idea of creating a prize in support of outstanding young translators of German literature into English.

To compete for the Gutekunst Prize, visit:, where you will find information on requesting the application form and the German text to be translated for the competition.

Good luck to all competitors!

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