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2015 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation

$5,000 grant for a literary translation from Hindi

More information including deadlines will be available in September 2015.


This $5,000 grant will be awarded to a proposed work of literary translation from Hindi into English and is open to anyone under the age of 30. The translation must fall under the category of fiction or letters, and the applicant will propose his or her own translation project. The project should be manageable for a four-month period of work.

Acceptable proposals include a novella, a play, a collection of short stories or poems, or a collection of letters that have literary import. Preference will be given to works that have not been previously translated. (Previously translated works will be considered, however applicants should include an explanation for why they are proposing a new translation.) Applicants wishing to translate significantly longer works should contact the Foundation before sending in their applications so that supplementary materials can be included. The prizewinner will be announced online at

The prizewinner is required to complete a short final report and submit a copy of the completed translation to the Susan Sontag Foundation within four months of the prize announcement. The recipient will also be expected to participate in symposia on literary translation with established writers and translators, as well as public readings of their work once the translation has been completed.

Application Requirements (Please download the application
here.) All applications must include five copies of the following:

• Application Cover Sheet (available here)
• Personal Statement (2 pages maximum) explaining your interest and background in literature and the source language
• Project proposal (2 pages maximum) outlining the work and describing its importance
• 5 page sample translation of the proposed work from the source language into English
• The same passage in the original language
• A bio-bibliography of the author (including information on previous translations of his or her work into English)
• One academic letter of recommendation
• Official transcript from your current or most recent academic institution

*Please do not staple applications.*

All applications must be submitted via regular mail to the address:

Susan Sontag Foundation
76 Franklin St. #3
New York, NY 10013

All application materials must be received by TBD.

The fine print: Applicants must be under the age of 30 on the date the prizewinner will be announced: exact date TBA. By submitting work to the Susan Sontag Foundation, the applicant acknowledges the right of the Foundation to use the accepted work in its publications, on its website, and for educational and promotional purposes related to the Foundation. Please note that application materials cannot be returned to applicants.


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