Submit Now for Close Approximations, Asymptote’s Translation Prize

2015caflyerJust over two years after the first Close Approximations contest for translators early in their careers was launched, Asymptote has announced the second edition of its now biennial translation contest. Judges this year will be Michael Hofmann (poetry), Ottilie Mulzet (fiction), and Margaret Jull Costa (nonfiction). The winners of the first Close Approximations prizes, by the way, were Cory Tamler and Željko Maksimović (fiction) and Owen Good (poetry), with several runners-up (Rhonda Dahl Buchanan and Krista Brune in fiction, Alexander Dickow and the team of Taije Silverman and Marina Della Putta Johnston in poetry).

I’m glad to see among this year’s many submission guidelines a request that translators concentrate on undertranslated authors who are appreciated in their home countries but unknown or little known in English. That’s a good standpoint for a journal of translation to be representing. As is making the prize specifically for translators early in their careers (defined as having published no more than one book-length translation). Submissions for the contest will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2015 Feb. 1, 2016.

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