Every year the American-Scandinavian Foundation holds competitions for two translation awards, the Nadia Christensen Prize for an outstanding translation of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary nonfiction from a Nordic language, and the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award for work by a previously unpublished translator. Each prize comes with a purse ($2500 and $2000, respectively), publication of an excerpt from the work in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative brass medallion. The names of past winners of the prize can be found on the website of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, as can the complete rules governing this year’s competitions.
In 2017 the Nadia Christensen Prize was awarded to Maija Liisa Mäkinen for her translation of an excerpt from Pelon maantiede (Geography of Fear), by Finnish author Anja Snellman. The Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award was presented to Melissa Bowers for her translation of Vittnen till meningslösa händelser (Witness to Meaningless Events) by Swedish Poet Jasim Mohamed.
The deadline for submitting work for this year’s competitions is June 15, 2018.