For literary translators just starting out in the profession, entering a translation competition can provide motivation to practice their craft and add to their portfolio of translation work.
The Harvill Secker Young Translator’s Prize is a unique translation competition for new translators between the ages of 18 and 34, with no restriction on their country of residence. Each year a different language and text is chosen as the focus, and this year the German short story ‘Der Hausfreund’ by Julia Franck has been chosen as the source text of the competition.
The winner will receive a £1000 cash prize and will be able to take part in a mentoring scheme with the British Centre for Literary Translation and will work with the renowned translator Shaun Whiteside. The winner will also have the opportunity to participate in the Crossing Border festival in November 2014. To enter, fill out the entry form and send it in the mail to the designated address found on the form. You can also download the source text for translation, as well as the entry form, from their website.
The deadline for entry is August 1, 2014 and entries are only accepted by post, so make sure you send your entry in advance!
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