The National Translation Award is awarded annually in poetry and in prose to literary translators who have made an outstanding contribution to literature in English by masterfully recreating the artistic force of a book of consummate quality. The NTA is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation in English, and the only one to include an evaluation of the source language text.
Recent winners include Richard Wilbur (2008), Norman Shapiro (2009), Alex Zucker (2010), Lisa Rose Bradford (2011), Sinan Antoon (2012), Phillip Boehm (2013), Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich (2014), Pierre Joris (2015 Poetry), William Hutchins (2015 Prose), Hilary Kaplan (2016 Poetry), and Elizabeth Harris (2016 Prose). You can find the full list of winners and judges here.
The winning translators and books are featured at the annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association.
Eligibility & Submissions
Submissions are accepted beginning in January. The deadline for nominating books published in 2016 is April 7, 2017.
Publishers are invited to submit translated works of poetry or prose published in the previous calendar year. Hybrid works and drama are welcome, and may be submitted to either category as determined appropriate by the publisher.
- ALTA only accepts submissions from publishers for this award
- Book must be translated from any language into English
- Must be a book-length work of literature (poetry, fiction, drama, literary nonfiction, and hybrid works are accepted)
- Must have been published in English translation anywhere in the world in the previous calendar year
For books chosen by the judges as finalists, publishers will be asked to provide the original-language text; any finalist for which no original-language text is provided will be excluded from further consideration.
The NTA is governed by the policies and procedures set forth by the board of ALTA.
How to Submit:
1. Complete the entry form online (opens January 1), and pay submission fee ($30 per entry for publishers with 10 or fewer titles a year, $50 per entry for publishers with more than 10 titles a year).
2. Send hard copies of the book(s) submitted to the judges requesting them. Publishers will receive the addresses to use as part of the online entry confirmation email. Please do not send hard copies of the book to ALTA directly. Books sent to ALTA will not be considered submitted for the award.
3. If the book is selected to be on the longlist, ALTA will contact the publisher to request a copy of the original language text for review by our expert readers.