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PEN Translation Prize ($3,000)

The $3,000 PEN Translation Prize invites submissions of book-length translations from any language into English published during the current calendar year. 

Past winners: Archibald Colquhoun, Ralph Manheim, Joseph Barnes, Geoffrey Skelton and Adrian Mitchell, Harriet de Onis, Vladimir Markov and Merrill Sparks, W.S. Merwin, Sidney Alexander, Max Hayward, Clara and Richard Winston, J.P. McCullough, Hardie St. Martin and Leonard Mades, Helen R. Lane, Richard Howard, Gregory Rabassa, Adrienne Foulke, Charles Wright, Charles Simic, John E. Woods, Hiroaki sato and Burton Watson, Richard Wilbur, William Weaver, Helen R. Lane, Seamus Heaney, Barbara Bray, Dennis Tedlock, John E. Woods, Madeline Levine and Francine Prose, Matthew Ward, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, David Rosenberg, Thomas Hoisington, Bill Zavatsky and Zack Rogow, Burton Watson, Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, Arnold Pomerans, Peter Constantine, Michael Hofmann, Richard Sieberth, Tiina Nunnally, R.W. Flint, Margaret Sayers Peden, Tim Wilkinson, Philip Gabriel, Sandra Smith, Margaret Jull Costa, Natasha Wimmer, Michael Henry Heim, Ibrahim Muhawi, Bill Johnston, Donald O. White, Joanne Turnbull and Nikolai Formozov. 

Eligibility and Submissions for the 2015 Awards

Deadline
Submissions for the 2015 Awards will be open September 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.

Who is eligible
PEN will only accept submissions from publishers or literary agents. Authors may not submit their own book for this award. Book-length literary translations published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 may be submitted by publishers, agents, or the translators themselves. Poetry is not accepted; to submit a work of poetry in translation, please see the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Self-published books and reprints are not eligible. Retranslations are not eligble, unless the work can be said to provide a significant revision of the original translation. Although all eligible books must have been published in the United States, translators may be of any nationality; U.S. residency or citizenship is not required. There are no restrictions on the subject matter of translated works, although eligible titles should be of a literary character; technical, scientific, or bibliographical translations will not be considered. Books with more than two translators are not eligible. 

If you submit a book for this award, you may not submit it for any additional PEN American Center awards. 

 

How to apply

1. Submissions are now closed. Each submission is $50. If you would like to pay by check, please enter CHECK in the coupon code field at checkout. Be sure to print your receipt. Please also submit a verified email address on the submission form; your order cannot be processed without an email address, as this info will be used to later contact you regarding the shipments of your submission.
 
2. Mail one copy of the candidate's book accompanied by the printed receipt to the address below between September 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014 to:
 
PEN Translation Prize
PEN American Center 
588 Broadway, Suite 303 
New York, NY 10012
 
3. Once the submitted book is received and reviewed for eligibility by PEN, you will be contacted and asked to ship one copy of the book to each of our three awards judges.
 
Submission fees may be waived for publishers whose annual net sales are less than $4 million. In order to have your dues waived, please have a company official write a letter on company letterhead stating that your press' annual net sales are less than $4 million. Please send this letter as an attachment (.doc or .pdf) to awards@pen.org. Once received, you will be provided with a coupon code to use at check-out in order to have your submission fees waived.