Words Without Borders Wins Inaugural Whiting Magazine Prize

I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear that Words Without Borders – the fantastic online journal of international literature in translation – has been selected for one of the three Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes in this, the first year of these awards. The win was in the “digital” category. This prize of up to $30,000 total, in the form of a $10,000 grant in the first year, followed by 2:1 matching grants up to $10,000 in each of the following two years, will make a big difference to this relatively low-budget but high-impact enterprise. Words Without Borders, which is just celebrating its 15th year of publication, has been instrumental in creating a space and audience for translated literature. It also foregrounded the work of translators right from the start, with essays and interviews by and about translators a regular feature. I’ve been very proud to have some of my work published in its pages over the years (I think the first time was this little Yoko Tawada story in 2005). Thank you so much, Whiting Foundation, for recognizing the important work of this crucial journal of Translationland. A big cheer and huge congratulations, WWOB!

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