The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation
About the Prize
The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation will be awarded annually to the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, work of fiction for children or young adults, graphic novel, or play text, written by a woman, translated into English by a translator (or translators) of any gender, and published by a UK or Irish publisher. The £1,000 prize is divided between the writer and her translator(s), with each contributor receiving an equal share. In cases where the writer is no longer living, the translator will receive all of the prize money.
The prize launched in 2017 with the aim of addressing the gender imbalance in translated literature and increasing the number of international women’s voices accessible to a British and Irish readership. A report by Nielsen Book shows that translated literary fiction makes up only 3.5% of the literary fiction titles published in the UK, but accounts for 7% of the volume of sales. If translated literature as a whole is underrepresented on the British book market, then women’s voices in translation are even more peripheral. The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for example, was awarded 21 times, but was won by a woman only twice.
In the words of Maureen Freely, current President of English PEN and Professor of Creative Writing at Warwick: "We've come a long way with the championing of world literature over the past decade, welcoming in a multiplicity of voices which have gone on to enrich us all. In the same period, however, we've noticed that it is markedly more difficult for women to make it into English translation. This prize offers us an opportunity to welcome in the voices and perspectives we've missed thus far."
In 2020 we are extremely grateful for the financial support of the British Comparative Literature Association and the British Centre for Literary Translation.
Rules and How to Enter
Open for submission: Wednesday 1 April, 2020
Deadline for submissions: Friday 15 May, 2020
How to enter: The publisher should complete the entry form and post four hard copies of the translation to the address provided in the receipt email following the submission of this form. Translators and authors can also submit entries but they must first check with publishers. Please check that your entry conforms to the rules of the Prize before submitting the online form.
A note about the current health crisis: We appreciate that posting submissions may take longer than usual at the moment. We hope to stick to the deadline for submissions but please note that this is subject to circumstances.
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