2014 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation awarded to Alena Bláhová and Erich Hackl

The 2014 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation goes to Alena Bláhová from the Czech Republic and to Erich Hackl, a translator from Spanish and a well-known Austrian writer.

Alena Bláhová is an expert on the translation of Jewish literature and has also made an important contribution to the reception of Rainer Maria Rilke in her country. Many of her translations, including a novel by Erich Hackl, are regarded as ideal representations of Austrian culture and the common heritage of the two neighbouring countries. […]

New recipients of PEN Translates Award announced

English PEN has announced the latest recipients of PEN Translates award, along with increased opportunities for publishers seeking funding.

In future UK publishers with a turnover of under £500,000 p.a. will be eligible to apply for 100% of the translation costs of a book acquired from another language. Previously, only publishers with a turnover of under £100,000 p.a. were able to apply for this maximum level of grant. All other publishers could apply for up to 75% of a book’s translation costs. [,,,]

Prize for literary work translated from Basque (deadline: 1 July 2015)

Prize for literary work translated from Basque (deadline: 1 July 2015)

Laboral Kutxa and the Etxepare Basque Institute have launched a prize for a published translation of a literary work originally written in Basque. The prize of €4,000 will reward the quality of the translation itself and the publisher’s promotional strategy. The prize will thus be divided equally between the publisher and the translator.

In addition, the prize-winners will receive a grant of up to €2,000 to attend the award ceremony and to continue promoting the book in the country of publication (presentations, events, publicity campaigns, media interviews etc.). […]

2015 Straelen Translation Award to German – Dutch translator Gerrit Bussink

2015 Straelen Translation Award to German – Dutch translator Gerrit Bussink

The Art Foundation NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) in cooperation with the EUK Straelen (‘European Translators’ College’) have given this year’s Straelen Lifetime Achievement Translation Award to the Dutch literary translator Gerrit Bussink for his translations from German.

Bussink, who has been translating since 1972, enables the Dutch reception of important German-language authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland – authors like Martin Walser, Thomas Bernhard, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Christa Wolf, Siegfried Lenz and Peter Handke. […]

Brockway Prize to Dutch – German translator Ard Posthuma

Brockway Prize to Dutch – German translator Ard Posthuma

The Brockway Prize, a biennial prize for poetry translations from the Dutch, has been awarded to Ard Posthuma. The prize was established by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and is worth 5,000 euro. It will be presented on 12 June during the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam.

Literary translator Ard Posthuma (b. 1942) attended universities in Lausanne, Munich and Basel before embarking on a career as editor and lecturer. Since 1989 he has translated Dutch, Frisian and Flemish poetry into German, with publications including anthologies of the work of Martinus Nijhoff, Cees Nooteboom, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Leonard Nolens and Tsjêbbe Hettinga. His translations ‘in the other direction’, of work by authors including Ingo Schulz and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust), have also been highly praised. […]

New award for stimulating translation between the north and the south of the Mediterranean

New award for stimulating translation between the north and the south of the Mediterranean

With the aim of contributing to strengthening translation movement between the countries on the north shore and those on the south shore of the Mediterranean, the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), King Abdulaziz Foundation for Human Sciences and Islamic Studies (Casablanca, Morocco), ‘MED 21 Programme – Network Awards for promotion of Excellence and Cooperation in the Mediterranean’, the School of Translators of Toledo (Spain), and the City Council of Cremona (Italy) have agreed to create a translation award entitled the Gerardo de Cremona Award for the Promotion of Translation in the Mediterranean. [,…]

Literary translation workshops for professional translators from English, French, German and Russian into Italian (Fosdinovo, 19-21 July 2015)

Literary translation workshops for professional translators from English, French, German and Russian into Italian (Fosdinovo, 19-21 July 2015)

From 19-21 July 2015 the third event in the ‘Traduttori in Movimento’ series will take place in Fosdinovo Castle in Italy. The programme offers workshops for translators from English, French, German and Russian into Italian. […]

Translators from Italian into another language may also participate as observers. […]