Thursday, 15 July 2010

translation competitions deadline reminder: 16 July, 31 July

Dear all,

A quick reminder of imminent deadlines for two translation competitions.

The deadline for the Translators' House Wales translation challenge from French into Welsh or English is tonight (Friday 16 July) at midnight GMT. Or possibly tomorrow at midnight. You know, I'm not sure. You can come to your own conclusion here.

The deadline for the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize is 31 July 2010. This prize will be presented to a translator at the start of their career and will focus on a different language each year. In 2010 – the inaugural year – the chosen language is Spanish and entrants will be asked to translate ‘El hachazo’, a short story by the Argentine writer Matías Néspolo. The short story and details on how to enter can be found here. The prize is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 34, with no restriction on country of residence.

One of the judges, Margaret Jull Costa (translator), commented ‘There are very few prizes open to the young, unpublished translator, who is either trying to get a toehold in the world of literary translation or who simply loves translating. All praise to Harvill Secker, then, for instigating this Young Translators’ Prize.’

Good luck to any readers who enter either of these competitions!

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