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2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation open for submissions

2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation open for submissionsThe University of Warwick is pleased that submissions for the 2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation are now open.

The £1,000 prize is divided between the writer and her translator(s), with each contributor receiving an equal share.

Submissions are open until Friday 7 June 2019, with the prize set to be awarded at an event in London on Wednesday 20 November 2019 – the first time the ceremony will take place outside of the university.

Inaugurated in 2017, the prize is awarded to the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, work of fiction for children or young adults, play text or graphic novel, written by a woman, translated into English by a translator of any gender, and published by a UK or Irish publisher. It addresses the gender imbalance in translated literature by promoting an increase in the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and Irish readership. This year the prize is also accepting translations of play texts, thus including theatre translation in the competition.

The 2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation was awarded to Belladonna by Daša Drndić, translated from Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth.

2017’s inaugural prize went to Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada, translated from German by American translator Susan Bernofsky.

Commenting on the 2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation Dr Chantal Wright, the prize’s coordinator and Associate Professor in the University of Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies said:

“The prize has already had tremendous effects in terms of awareness-raising around the issue of the under-representation of female authors in translation and we greatly look forward to seeing which women authors have been made available in English by British and Irish publishers over the last twelve months.”

For full details of eligibility, how to enter, and to access the 2019 entry form please go to:

3 April 2019


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