Submit Now for Asymptote’s 2019 Close Approximations Translation Prize

The Close Approximations Translation Prize has shifted to a new schedule this year: the deadline to submit for the 2019 prize is Oct. 1, 2018, and there’s a discounted entry fee if you submit by Sept. 1. The prize comes with a $1000 purse for the winners in each category (that would be: Fiction and Poetry), with $250 each for runners-up. The winning translations will also be published in Asymptote, which sponsors the contest. The judges this year will be Edward Gauvin (fiction) and Eugene Ostashevsky (poetry). Check the Asymptote website for rules and guidelines, and get your submissions in soon!

And let me take this opportunity to invite you to check out the winning and runner-upping translations from the first, second, and third ‘Close Approximations’ contests, as published in Asymptote. They don’t seem to send out press releases when they choose their winners, so that part of the process has been a bit mysterious. Past winners to date include: Owen Good, Cory Tamler & Željko Maksimović, Marie Silkeberg & Kelsi Vanada, Ruth Diver, Sean Gasper Bye, Suchitra Ramachandran, and Anca Roncea. Belated congratulations!

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