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 2015 award recognizes editor Sara Bershtel. 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
Nominations for the 2015 Ottaway Award are now closed. Please check back in early 2016 for information on the next award cycle.