The Language for the 2011 Sontag Prize? Italian!

Happy new year, everyone!
As most of you probably know, the Susan Sontag Prize for Translation, which is awarded yearly to a young (under 30) translator, switches languages each year, and the language that has been chosen for the 2011 competition is Italian. The purpose of the prize, in keeping with Susan Sontag’s well-known love of foreign-language literature, is to encourage the growth of a community of young translators by offering a substantial incentive (in the form of a $5000 grant) for young people with literary aspirations to try their hands at translation. Every year, in conjunction with the announcement of the prize, the Foundation puts on a symposium related to translation and to the literature of the language(s) in question. Application instructions can be found on the Sontag Foundation website.
This year’s deadline is March 1, 2011, and the winner will be announced on May 13, 2011.

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