Words Without Borders is seeking nominations for the 2017 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. Named in honor of our first board chair, James H. Ottaway, Jr., the Ottaway Award 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.
The Ottaway Award is presented each fall at the annual Words Without Borders Gala in New York City. Past honorees were Drenka Willen, Carol Brown Janeway, Sara Bershtel, and Barbara Epler.
We welcome your nominations for our next Ottaway Award honoree. Please submit nominations through our online form by Monday, March 6, 2017. Only those nominations submitted via our online form will be reviewed. The recipient will be announced in spring 2017 and will be honored at the Words Without Borders Gala on November 1, 2017.