SENIOR PRIZE IN LITERARY TRANSLATION

The Department of Comparative Literature

is pleased to invite

graduating seniors in all departments

at the University of Michigan to submit entries for our annual prize in literary translation.  This prize is intended to encourage undergraduate students to develop projects (through previous coursework or on their own initiative) in translating a literary text originally written in another language into English. Submissions are due on the last of day of classes for the winter term, and will be judged by a team of faculty members in Comparative Literature.

A prize of $250 will be awarded during the week before graduation May 2nd, 2014.

Submissions are due by 5pm on April 23, 2014.

 

RULES FOR SUBMISSION

1.      All graduating seniors affiliated with any department at the University of Michigan are eligible to submit a translation.

2.      Students may choose to translate into English any literary text (or excerpt of a literary text) that was originally written in any other language and in any literary genre (e.g. fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction).

3.      A submission should consist of your own original translation (no more than 10 pages), and a brief translator’s preface (no more than 5 pages) that introduces the text and author you have translated and explains your method of translation.  If you have worked significantly with previously available translations, glosses, or commentaries, please note these in your translator’s preface.

4.      Please submit your translation anonymously in the following format: 1) your translator’s preface and translation WITHOUT your name; 2) a copy of the text you have translated in its original language; 3) a separate cover sheet (listing your name and your department, the title and author of the text you have translated, and your contact information including email, phone, and home mailing address)

5.      Your submission should be delivered in THREE hard copies to the Department of Comparative Literature (2015 Tisch Hall) no later than 5pm on April 23, 2014.

 

Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce

the 13th Annual

CLASSICAL TRANSLATION CONTEST

Students from all departments across the

University of Michigan are invited to submit translations of texts from Latin, Ancient Greek, and Modern Greek.

 Submissions are due by April 1, 2014.

We know that there are many people inspired by the beauty of these languages who wish to render them more freely and creatively than classwork often involves. This contest is intended to highlight the work of students who are interested in the process of translation as a creative, intellectually meaningful enterprise. We welcome students in Classics and other languages and literatures as well as creative writers and students interested in translating Greek and Latin into other media, such as music, the visual arts, screen arts, theater, dance, etc.

Faculty in all departments are encouraged to announce this contest to their classes, and we further encourage those teaching courses that involve classical translation to include a translation assignment that might allow students to work up a submission for the contest. We invite graduate students to inform their own undergraduate language and writing classes about this contest, and to enter it themselves.There will be two categories of contestants (graduate and undergraduate) and up to three prizes of $100 will be given in each category for winning entries of original translations from the languages of Greek or Latin of any era. Winning authors will have the opportunity to present their translations and receive their prizes at the annual Classics awards ceremony on April 22, 2014.

RULES and PRIZES:

1. Please submit your work anonymously in the following format: include your translation without your name; a copy of the original text you have translated; and a cover page with your name, the title and author of the original text, your contact information (email, phone number, address, and department), and whether your entry is for the undergraduate or graduate level.

2. Submissions are due April 1, 2014 to the Comparative Literature Office in 2015 Tisch (2nd Floor).

3. All submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of faculty members from Classics, Comparative Literature, English, and related departments.

4. Students affiliated with any UM department are eligible.

5. All work should consist of original translations/interpretations of works from Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, or Latin.

6. Original works may be in prose or verse and translations may be in prose, verse, or other format, such as multi-media.

7. Maximum length of written submissions is five double-spaced pages.

8. In each category (undergraduate and graduate), the prizes will be gift certificates to a local bookstore of $100 each.

9. Winners will be invited to present their translations at the annual Classics Department awards ceremony

 on April 22, 2014.

For more information about Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan, go to http://www.umich.edu/~cfc/