Spanish Association ACE Traductores takes initiative to foster translators’ visibility on literary awards

Spanish Association ACE Traductores takes initiative to foster translators’ visibility on literary awards

On 7 July, we awoke to the breaking news that the UK’s leading international literary awards – the Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize – are to be merged into a single, annual prize that will reward both authors and translators of foreign-language fiction. Since 2012, several Dutch organizations concerned with literature and literary translation have been carrying out a similar initiative in the Netherlands, where the European Literature Prize (Europese Literatuurprijs) rewards a novel written in a language used in one of the member states of the Council of Europe as well as its Dutch translation. These are only two examples, but there are probably more in other European countries. […]

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. [,…]

EsAsi Awards for professional and young literary translators Spanish – Slovene (deadline for submission: 1 October 2015)

EsAsi Awards for professional and young literary translators Spanish – Slovene (deadline for submission: 1 October 2015)

In 2008 the embassy of Spain in Slovenia launched the EsAsi award for the best translation into Slovene of literary works originally written in Spanish. This biennial award for professional translators, worth € 3000, aims to recognise the work of the translator and promote a knowledge and appreciation of Spanish literature among Slovene readers.

In 2014, the 4th round EsAsi Award was conferred on Vesna Velkovrh Bukilica for Bartleby & Co., her translation of Bartleby y compañía by Spanish author Enrique Vila Matas (published by Beletrina in 2006). […]

Spanish assocation ACE Traductores opposes Penguin Random House pay cuts

Spanish assocation ACE Traductores opposes Penguin Random House pay cuts

One of our members, the association ACE Traductores from Spain, let us know the following.
On 10 February 2015 Penguin Random House publishing group informed translators that the rates paid would be decreased from 16 February 2015, and that such an across-the-board measure was non-negotiable.

ACE Traductores immediately contacted representatives from the publishing group to protest against such measures and argue their own position. Unfortunately, the PRH representatives refused to engage in any form of negotiation, and we are therefore forced to protest publicly. […]