A Contest for Translation Studies Students
The 2024 prizewinners will be selected and announced in May 2024.
Who can enter? The contest is open to all students, worldwide, enrolled in translation studies programs.
What can they submit? An entry is a prose piece of up to 1,000 words or up to three poems, translated into English. Each piece must be accompanied by a professional cover letter. That letter must include the name of a sponsoring faculty member from the translation studies program as well as confirmation that the translated author has given permission for the translation.
Is there an entry fee? Yes. A student must pay $10 for each entry (prose piece or up to three poems).
How do I enter? Submit your entry using our Submittable form.
What is the submissions period? The next window for submissions will reopen on International Translation Day, September 30, 2023, and close January 10, 2024.
Who will judge the entries? The editors of World Literature Today magazine.
Will the winners receive cash awards? One student translator will win a $200 award for best prose translation; one student translator will win a $200 award for best poetry translation. Every contestant will receive a one-year digital subscription to WLT.
Will any submissions be published? The two winning submissions will be published online in the summer of 2024.
When will World Literature Today announce the winners? May 2024.
Contest winners will be required to complete and submit appropriate taxpayer information, such as a W-9 or W8-ben for international payees.