The Global Humanities Translation Prize 2016


August 01, 2016

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Funded by the Global Humanities Initiative

Northwestern University 

Northwestern University's Global Humanities Initiative is pleased to announce the Global Humanities Translation Prize. The goal of the prize is to encourage new translations of important literary, scholarly, and other humanistic books from around the world, particularly in non-Western languages. The prize aims to bring greater international attention to such works and a renewed measure of academic prestige to the craft of translation itself.

The Global Humanities Translation Prize will be awarded annually to a previously unpublished translation that strikes the delicate balance between scholarly rigor, aesthetic grace, and general readability, as judged by a rotating committee of distinguished international scholars, writers, and public intellectuals.

We are especially interested in promoting books that will help introduce a wider audience to underrepresented and experimental literary voices from marginalized communities, humanistic scholarship in infrequently translated languages, and important classical texts in non-Western traditions that have heretofore been inaccessible to an English readership, or for which a new translation is justified.

The winner will receive a total cash prize of $5,000 ($1,000 at the time of the initial award, followed by $4,000 upon completion of the project), as well as a commitment from Northwestern University Press to publish the finished work. The work submitted for consideration may not be under contract elsewhere.

The Global Humanities Initiative was co-founded in the fall of 2015 by Laura Brueck, an associate professor of Indian literature in the department of Asian languages and cultures, and Rajeev Kinra, an associate professor in the department of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern.

The initiative is supported by Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies and Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

“Our goal is to bring much-needed attention not only to the rich humanistic traditions of the non-West, but also to the relevance of those traditions for global development and public policy,” Brueck said.

Added Kinra: “It places Northwestern University at the center of a vital international conversation about the continuing role of the humanities in building a more just, tolerant and humane 21st century.”

Founded in 1893, Northwestern University Press publishes works of enduring scholarly and cultural value, extending the university’s mission to a community of readers throughout the world. The Press has an international reputation for publishing translations of scholarly work, fiction, drama and poetry.

“The Press’s partnership with the Global Humanities Initiative is part of our long tradition of bringing exceptional translations of important works to an English-speaking audience,” said Jane Bunker, director of Northwestern University Press. “We expect that this award will bring a renewed measure of academic prestige to the craft of translation itself.”

To enter the competition, please submit a dossier that includes the following:

  • A proposal that describes or summarizes the work to be translated, and explicates its larger literary, historical, and scholarly significance.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A sample of the proposed translation along with corresponding text in the original (no longer than 25 pages).
  • A specific timeline for completion. Applicants should be aware that the complete translated manuscript must be submitted for publication nine months after the prize recipient is selected.
  • The names of up to three references (who will be contacted if necessary).
  • The rights status of the work, whether privately held or in the public domain. If the work is not in the public domain, then the name of the rights holder of the work, as well as full bibliographic detail of the original work’s most recent publication.
  • The titles and publishers of any current competing editions.

Complete dossiers should be sent to the Global Humanities Initiative:

Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2016

Eligible Countries
Publish Date
May 25, 2016
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