Translators Ulla Ekblad-Forsgren (Sweden) and Alexander Sitzmann (Austria) are the winners of Austria’s State Prize for Literary Translation 2016 (€ 10,000). The annual prize under the patronage of Austria’s Chancellor is awarded annually for the translation of Austrian literature into a foreign language and to Austrian literary translators.
Ulla Ekblad-Forsgren received the prize for her translation of Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker’s complete works into Swedish. Alexander Sitzmann was honoured for his ‘outstanding translations’ of literary works from Bulgarian, Macedonian, Danish, and Icelandic into German. A further 53 literary translators were awarded prizes totalling € 74,400.
The awarding ceremony will be held in Klagenfurt’s Musil House on Friday 28 April 2017.