Big Fellowships to Attend ALTA

Every year the American Literary Translators Association helps several (four to six) beginning translators attend the national conference by providing travel fellowships. This year’s awards will be $1000 each, which should amply cover the cost of attending. ALTA is the main professional organization for literary translators in this country, and attending the conference is a great way to learn about getting established as a translator and network with potential mentors. I wrote about ALTA recently – the organization was a huge help to me when I was starting out as a translator and is still an important part of my professional life.

Here’s the formal announcement of the award:

2011 ALTA Travel Fellowship Awards

The American Literary Translators Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2011 ALTA Travel Fellowship Awards. Each year, four to six fellowships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded to beginning (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference. This year’s conference will be held November 16–19 in Kansas City, Missouri.

At the conference, ALTA Fellows will give readings of their translated work at a keynote event, thus providing them with an opportunity to present their translations to a large audience of other translators, as well as to publishers and authors from around the world. ALTA Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet experienced translators and to find mentors.

If you would like to apply for a 2011 ALTA Travel Fellowship, please e-mail if possible a cover letter explaining your interest in attending the conference; your CV; and no more than ten double-spaced pages of translated text (prose or poetry) accompanied by the original text to [email protected].

If you have difficulties with e-mail, please mail the above documents to:

2011 ALTA Travel Fellowship Awards
c/o The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Arts & Humanities, JO51
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Applications must be received by May 15, 2011 in order to be considered for this year’s fellowships. Winners will be notified at the end of August. Please keep in mind that you may not apply more than 2 times consecutively or more than 3 times total.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your translations, and we hope to see you at this year’s conference. For more information, please visit ALTA’s website ( or contact Maria Rosa Suarez ([email protected], 972-883-2093).


Barbara Harshav,
President, ALTA

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