This $5,000 grant will be awarded to a proposed
work of literary translation from Mandarin Chinese 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, as the grant will be awarded in July
2014, and the translation must be completed by November 2014.
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 notified
in July 2014 and results will be announced online at www.susansontag.com.
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
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
*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 May 26, 2014.
The fine print: Applicants must be under the age of 30 on the date
the prizewinner will be announced: July 2014, 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.