Thursday, 5 June 2014

Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize

The Austrian Cultural Forum in New York has relaunched its translation prize, which went away for a while. I assume the aim is to get more Austrian literature published in English. You have to submit about ten translated pages from an Austrian piece of writing published after 1945, and the winner gets $5000 to translate the whole thing and try to find a publisher. It doesn't say you have to be American.

Wisely, past winners have chosen quite short texts – because $5000 isn't really enough money to translate a full-length book without a publisher paying anything upfront. So if you have a short but sweet Austrian book up your sleeve, this would be the time to start translating it.

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