The 2012 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation

February 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments

$5,000 grant for a literary translation. The deadline is April 12, 2013. The language changes every year. This year it’s French. You should apply. If I were under 30, I would. Deets:

This $5,000 grant will be awarded to a proposed work of literary translation from French into English and is open to anyone under the age of 30. The translation must fall under the category of fiction or letters, and the applicant will propose his or her own translation project. The project should be manageable for a four-month period of work, as the grant will be awarded in late June 2013, and the translation must be completed by November 2013.

Acceptable proposals include a novella, a play, a collection of short stories or poems, or a collection of letters that have literary import. Preference will be given to works that have not been previously translated. (Previously translated works will be considered, however applicants should include an explanation for why they are proposing a new translation.) Applicants wishing to translate significantly longer works should contact the Foundation before sending in their applications so that supplementary materials can be included. The prizewinner will be notified in late June, 2013 and results will be announced online at

The recipient will be expected to participate in symposia on literary translation with established writers and translators, as well as public readings of their work once the translation has been completed.

Please download the official application online at Applicants must be under the age of 30 on the date the prizewinner is announced at the end of June, 2013. By submitting work to the Susan Sontag Foundation, the applicant acknowledges the right of the Foundation to use the accepted work in its publications, on its website, and for educational and promotional purposes related to the Foundation. Please note that application materials cannot be returned to applicants.

For more information, please contact Megan Campisi at

UMass Translation Center 19 Herter Hall Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 545-2203;

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