Announcing the Debut of ‘Warwick Prize for Women in Translation’

The entry form must be submitted not by the translator or author, but by the UK or Irish publisher of the translation. They also ask for   five hard copies of the translation and one hard copy of the original. The prize is, unfortunately, only for books published in the UK,   which means Trumplandia will have to start their own prize.   The three judges this year: Amanda Hopkinson, Boyd Tonkin, and Susan Bassnett. The £1,000 prize will be divided between the writer and translator or translators, with each contributor receiving an equal share. Submissions open on April 3   of this year, and guidelines and an entry form   can be found on the prize website. This prize offers us an opportunity to welcome in the voices and perspectives we’ve missed thus far.”
The judging panel for this year   will be made up of a team of three, one of whom will be appointed chair. The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for example, was awarded 21 times, but was won by a woman only twice. Any queries, according to the website, can be addressed to womenintranslation@warwick.ac.uk. Entries will close on   July 3. In the words of Maureen Freely, current President of English PEN and Head of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick: “We’ve come a long way with the championing of world literature over the past decade, welcoming in a multiplicity of voices which have gone on to enrich us all. If translated literature as a whole is underrepresented on the British book market, then women’s voices in translation are even more peripheral. From the new prize website:
The prize aims to address the gender imbalance in translated literature and to increase the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and Irish readership. A recent report by Nielsen Book showed that translated literary fiction makes up only 3.5% of the literary fiction titles published in the UK, but accounts for 7% of the volume of sales. This week, organizers announced   the first ever   Warwick Prize for Women in Translation — although it   was, I think, supposed to get its big reveal today:
In any case, the debut   Warwick will be awarded this November “to the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction or work of fiction for children or young adults written by a woman and translated into English by a female or male translator,” according to organizers. Advertisements

Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ An Excerpt from Badriah al-Bishr’s ‘Love Stories on al-Asha Street’Categories: women In the same period, however, we’ve noticed that it is markedly more difficult for women to make it into English translation.