Etxepare Basque Institute and LABORAL Kutxa created the prize in 2015 to promote the translation of Basque literature. Deadline for candidates is June 28th.
The Etxepare-LABORAL Kutxa Translation Prize is now in its 5th edition. The call for submissions has opened today, June 3rd. The initiative was created to reward the translation of original works of literature written and published in Basque. Translations are a tool for Basque writers to achieve greater readership internationally and the awards seek to recognize and value and hard work of translators.
Translators and publishers from around the world can submit their work provided they meet the following requirements: translations must have been published in 2018 and they must be translations of literary works written and published originally in Euskera. Applications can be submitted by translators, publishers or by any other individual or legal entity promoting the art of literary translation.
The prize awards 4,000 euros based on the quality of the translation and the publisher’s promotional efforts and is therefore shared by the publisher and the translator. The winners may also receive an additional €2,000 euros to attend the awards ceremony or to continue promoting the work (presentations, advertising campaigns, etc.) in the country where the award-winning work was published.
The registration period will be open until June 28th and the winners will be announced on October 1st, the day after International Translation Day (September 30th). The jury will be made up of representatives of the translation sector, the Etxepare Basque Institute, and LABORAL Kutxa.
This award is yet another effort by the Etxepare Institute aimed at raising the profile of Basque culture. In the field of literature, in addition to awarding translation and travel grants for Basque writers, the Institute encourages the participation of Basque writers in book fairs and international literary festivals. Through this award, LABORAL Kutxa continue its commitment to Basque language and culture.
Eligibility and rules for the Etxepare Basque Institute-LABORAL Kutxa Translation Prize will be posted on www.etxepare.eus on June 3rd.
Award-winners from past years:
Isaac Xubín and Kalandraka publishers
Tempo de exilio (Joseba Sarrionandia)
Nami Kaneko and Hakusuisha publishers
Mussche / Lo que mueve el mundo (Kirmen Uribe)
Yaroslav Gubarev and Anetta Antonenko publishers
Behi euskaldun baten memoriak / Memorias de una vaca (Bernado Atxaga)
Amaia Gabantxo and the Center for Basque Studies (University of Nevada, Reno)
Harri eta Herri / Rock & Core and Maldan Behera / Downhill (Gabriel Aresti)