Thursday, 30 December 2010

New Books in German Emerging Translators Programme (14 January deadline)

A great-looking opportunity for aspiring literary translators from German to English:

New Books in German invites applications for its 2011 Emerging Translators Programme.

Six emerging German-English translators will take part in the project. Each translator will be commissioned to produce a sample translation of a book from the Spring 2011 issue of New Books in German. The translations will be commissioned at the beginning of February 2011, and completed by May 2011. Participants will be invited to a workshop in London in April, run by an experienced translator, where the group will work together on each sample translation.

Applicants are invited to send a short C.V. and a translation of the short story ‘Gran Partita’ from Andreas Neeser, Unsicherer Grund (reviewed in NBG 28), by January 14th.

Further Details

The Sample Translations:

The length of each sample is to be confirmed, but is likely to be in the region of 4,000 words. Each translator will be paid a fee for the sample, agreed in advance with New Books in German. An extract of each finished sample will be made available on the NBG website. English language publishers will then be able to request the full sample translation.

The Workshop:

To apply for the project you must be able to attend the workshop in London on Saturday 2 April 2011. Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided free of charge during the workshop. Limited travel grants for the workshop will be available for participants from outside London (likely to be in the region of £50). We regret that accommodation cannot be provided.

How to Apply:

Applications are invited from UK- and Ireland-based translators of German into English, who have not yet published (or been contracted to publish) a book-length literary translation. Applications should include a short C.V. and a translation into English of Andreas Neeser’s short story ‘Gran Partita’. Please email nbg at to request a copy of the story.

Both texts should be Microsoft Word documents, and emailed to: nbg at

The deadline for complete applications is 5pm on Friday 14 January.

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