The magazine World Literature Today has opened the 2020 edition of their Student Translation Prize:
Who can enter? The contest is open to all students enrolled in translation studies programs.
What can they submit? An entry is a prose piece of up to 1,000 words or up to three poems, translated into English. Each piece must be accompanied by a professional cover letter. That letter must include the name of a sponsoring faculty member from the translation studies program.
Is there an entry fee? Yes. A student must pay $10 for each entry (prose piece or up to three poems).
How do I enter? Submit your entry using our Submittable form.
What is the submissions period? The window opens on International Translation Day, September 30, 2019, and closes January 1, 2020.
Who will judge the entries? The editors of World Literature Today magazine.
Will the winners receive cash awards? One student translator will win a $200 award for best prose translation; one student translator will win a $200 award for best poetry translation. Every contestant will receive a one-year digital subscription to WLT.
Will any submissions be published? The two winning submissions will be published online in the summer of 2020.
When will World Literature Today announce the winners? May 2020.
Winners of the 2019 prize were Samantha Vila and Brian Sneeden. Vila won the prose category for her translation from the Spanish of Peruvian author Gunter Silva’s short story “Herford” while PhD student Sneeden won the poetry category with a translation of Phoebe Giannisi from the Modern Greek.