World Literature Today Translation Prize

WLT Translation Prize

World Literature Today Student Translation Prize

A Contest for Translation Studies Students

The 2019 prizewinners have been selected and announced, but mark your calendars for International Translation Day, September 30, 2019, when the window for entries will open for the 2020 competition.

Who can enter? The contest is open to all students enrolled in translation studies programs.

What can they submit? An entry is a prose piece of up to 1,000 words or up to three poems. Each piece must be accompanied by a professional cover letter. That letter must include the name of a sponsoring faculty member from the translation studies program.

Is there an entry fee? Yes. A student must pay $10 for each entry (prose piece or up to three poems).

How do I enter? Submit your entry using our Submittable form.

What is the submissions period? The window opens on International Translation Day, September 30, 2019, and closes January 1, 2020.

Who will judge the entries? The editors of World Literature Today magazine.

Will the winners receive cash awards? One student translator will win a $200 award for best prose translation; one student translator will win a $200 award for best poetry translation. Every contestant will receive a one-year digital subscription to WLT.

Will any submissions be published? The two winning submissions will be published online in the summer of 2020. 

When will World Literature Today announce the winners? May 2020.

Contest winners will be required to complete and submit appropriate taxpayer information, such as a W-9 or W8-ben for international payees.

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