The Harvill Secker Translation Prize organisers have announced the source text for their third annual competition: the short story 'The Wig' by the Chinese writer Han Dong. The text can be downloaded from the competition website.
This competition is distinctive in that it chooses a different source language each year (previously Spanish and Arabic) and provides a set text. The competition is for translation into English only, and is open to young translators who are between 18 and 34 on the submission deadline of 27 July 2012.
The winning translator receives £1,000 and a selection of Harvill Secker titles. As part of a scheme supported by the British Centre for Literary Translation the winner will also be mentored by the distinguished translator Nicky Harman.
For information on other translation competitions out there, see this previous post. Translators of poetry into English may be particularly interested in the Times Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry Translation which closes on 1 June 2012.