Susan Sontag Prize for Translation

By Rohan Kamicheril

The Susan Sontag Foundation has just officially announced that it's now open season for the 2008 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation. The prize invites undergraduate students and graduate students under the age of 30 to apply for a commission to translate a work of German literature into English. The proposed piece must be the work of a living German writer and must fall into the categories of either fiction or letters. Applications are due the end of January, 2008, results are announced in March and one lucky student translator gets busy with Ubersetzung in May. Apart from the commission itself, the prize will also give the winner the opportunity to meet with established literary translators and to read publicly from their work in the fall. The translation is due for completion in October of next year--so save the date, and watch this space


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