The Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature

Named in honor of the first chair of Words without Borders, the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature recognizes individuals who have taken extraordinary steps to advance literature in translation into English. In accordance with the mission of Words without Borders, the awardee will be selected on the basis of his or her efforts to build cultural understanding by advancing popular awareness of international writers and literatures. In 2013, esteemed book editor Drenka Willen received the inaugural Ottaway Award. The 2014 award honored translator and editor Carol Brown Janeway. The Ottaway Award is presented each fall at the annual Words without Borders Gala in New York City. Read about the first Ottaway Award presentation here.

Nomination Instructions
We are currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Ottaway Award. We welcome your nomination of an individual from the fields of publishing, media, academia, philanthropy, film, and theater who has served as an advocate for international literature in translation into English. Nominees need not be based in the United States. The Ottaway Award is not intended to recognize a particular work or works of translation. Nominations are due to Words without Borders by Friday, March 6, 2015 through our Submittable site. Questions may be directed to [email protected]

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