Press Releases

Press Releases

APR. 21, 2017
Meet the 2017-2018 Emerging Translator MENTORS

The ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is designed to facilitate and establish a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator, on a project selected by the emerging translator. The mentors for 2017-2018 are Mara Faye Lethem (Catalan), Don Mee Choi (Korean poetry), Sora Kim-Russell (Korean prose), Marian Schwartz (Russian prose), and Bill Johnston (non-language-specific). Read full story online.

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Apr. 18, 2017
EMERGING TRANSLATOR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce that applications are open for the ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship program. Now in its third year, the program offers mentorships for translators working from Catalan, Korean, and Russian, as well as two non-language-specific mentorships. Read full story online.

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Jan. 19, 2017
2017 Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation winner Announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Cliff Becker Book Prize is Chloe Hill, for her translation of Purifications or the Sign of Retaliation by Myriam Fraga. Read full story online.

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OCT. 7, 2016
2016 Lucien Stryk Prize WINNER ANNOUNCED

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is Sawako Nakayasu for her translation of The Collected Poems of Chika SagawaRead full story online.

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oct. 7, 2016
2016 National Translation Award IN Poetry and Prose winners ANNOUNCED

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 National Translation Award (NTA) in Poetry and Prose. Currently in its 18th year, the NTA is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation. ALTA is pleased to present the NTA in Prose to Elizabeth Harris for her translation of Tristano Dies: A Life, and the NTA in Poetry to Hilary Kaplan for her translation of Rilke ShakeRead full story online.

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Oct. 7, 2016
2016 Italian Prose in Translation Award WINNER announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA) is Ann Goldstein for her translation of The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante. Read full story online.

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SEP. 29, 2016
2016 NATIONAL TRANSLATION AWARD Shortlists in Poetry and Prose

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the shortlists for the National Translation Award (NTA) in Poetry and Prose. Read full story online.

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SEP. 20, 2016
Meet the 2016 ALTA Travel Fellows!

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 ALTA Travel Fellowships, including the very first Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship. Congratulations to these exceptional emerging translators, chosen from more than 140 applications. Read full story online.

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SEP. 20, 2016
2016 Luicien STRYK PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the 5-title shortlist for the 2016 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Read full story online.

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SEP. 20, 2016
2016 Italian prose in translation award SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the 3-title shortlist for the 2016 Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA). Read full story online. 

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AUG. 29, 2016
Meet the 2016 Emerging Translator Mentees!

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the mentees for the second year of the ALTA Emerging Mentorship program. Congratulations to our four exceptional emerging translators, chosen from more than 60 applications. Read full story online. 

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AUG. 5, 2016
2016 national translation award Longlists in Poetry and Prose

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the longlists for the National Translation Award (NTA) in Poetry and Prose. Read full story online. 

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OCT. 30, 2015
2015 ITALIAN PROSE IN TRANSLATION AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA) is Anne Milano Appel for her translation of Blindly by Claudio Magris. Read full story online.

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OCT. 30, 2015
2015 NATIONAL TRANSLATION AWARD IN POETRY AND PROSE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 National Translation Award (NTA) in Poetry and Prose. Currently in its 17th year, the NTA is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation. ALTA is pleased to present the NTA in Prose to William M. Hutchins for his translation of New Waw: Saharan Oasis​ by Ibrahim al-Koni, and the NTA in Poetry to Pierre Joris for his translation of Breathturn into Timestead by Paul Celan. Read full story of the prose award, and full story of the poetry award.

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OCT. 30, 2015
2015 LUCIEN STRYK PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is Eleanor Goodman for her translation of Something Crosses My Mind by Wang Xiaoni. Read full story online.

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OCT. 15, 2015
2015 Italian Prose in Translation Award SHORTLIST Announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the 5-title shortlist for the 2015 Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA). Read full story online. 

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Oct. 8, 2015
2015 National Translation Award in Poetry and Prose SHORTLISTS announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2015 National Translation Award (NTA) in Poetry and Prose. Read full story online.

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Sep. 15, 2015
2015 Lucien Stryk Award Shortlist Announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is delighted to announce the 5-title shortlist for the 2015 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Read full story online.

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SEP. 15, 2015
Meet the 2015 emerging translator mentees!

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the mentees for the inaugural year of the ALTA Emerging Mentorship program. Congratulations to our three exceptional emerging translators, chosen from more than 60 applications.

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Aug. 25, 2015
ipta - new prize for italian literature in english translation

The Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA) recognizes the importance of contemporary Italian prose (fiction and literary non-fiction) and promotes the translation of Italian works into English. This $5000 prize will be awarded annually to a translator of a recent work of Italian prose (fiction or literary non-fiction).

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JUN. 1, 2015
2015 National Translation Award in Poetry and Prose Longlists ANNOUNCED

Featuring authors writing in 11 different languages, from 16 countries, this year’s National Translation Award longlists expand the prize’s dedication to literary diversity in English. The selection criteria include both the quality of the finished English language book, and the quality of the translation. The winning translators will receive a $5,000 cash prize each, and the award will be announced at ALTA’s annual conference, held this year at the Marriott University Park in Tucson, AZ from Oct. 28-31, 2015. 

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Jun. 1, 2015
ALTA announces new emerging translator mentorship program

This year the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is delighted to be piloting a new year-long mentorship program for emerging translators working on a book-length project from Catalan, French, and Polish. Mentors for the 2015-2016 ALTA Mentorship are Ronald Puppo (Catalan), Alyson Waters (French), and Bill Johnston (Polish). Applications for 2015-2016 mentorships will be accepted until July 1, 2015. These mentorships are being offered by ALTA in partnership with the Institut Ramon Llull, The French Embassy Books Office, and Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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Jan. 1, 2015
ALTA Opens Submissions for the 2015 National Translation Award in Poetry and Prose

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) invites publishers to submit nominations for the 2015 National Translation Award. The National Translation Award (NTA) will be awarded in two categories beginning in 2015: Prose and Poetry. In its 17th year, the $5,000 NTA is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation, and the only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of the source text and its relation to the finished English work. 

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JAN. 1, 2015
ALTA OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 lucien stryk asian translation prize

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) invites publishers and translators to submit nominations for ALTA’s Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. The award-winning book and translator for 2015 will be featured at the 38th annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association in Tucson, AZ and receive a $5,000 award.

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Nov. 14, 2014
2014 National Translation Award Winner announced

The National Translation Award (NTA), given by the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) at our conference, is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation. This year, the association was pleased to present the award to translators Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich for their exceptional work bringing the poetry of Alexander Vvedensky into English from the Russian.

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Oct. 6, 2014
2014 National Translation Award Shortlist announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is excited to announce the five finalists for the 2014 National Translation Award (NTA). The winning title will be announced at ALTA’s annual conference (November 12-15 in Milwaukee, WI) and the translator will receive a $5,000 honorarium.

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Sep. 26, 2014
2014 Travel Fellows announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the six 2014 ALTA Travel Fellows. Each year, ALTA provides four to six $1000 fellowships to emerging translators to attend the annual ALTA conference. This year ALTA received over 100 applications for these fellowships, making this year the most competitive fellowship selection by far. This year’s winners were selected by award-winning translators Esther Allen and Jason Grunebaum, and editor Susan Harris (Words without Borders).

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Aug. 5, 2014
2014 National Translation Award Longlist announced

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the 15-title longlist for the 2014 National Translation Award (NTA). Featuring authors from 15 countries writing in 11 languages, this year’s longlist illustrates the prize’s dedication to literary diversity, with works by both established and emerging authors, and by both established and emerging translators.

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