We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize is now open for entry. This year the focus language is Japanese and entrants will translate the short story ‘Yakyoku’ by Yusho Takiguchi, from his award-winning collection Shindeinaimono.
Now in its eleventh year, the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize aims to encourage and support the next generation of literary translators, and focuses on a different language each year. Entry is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 34 with no more than one full-length translation previously published. There is no restriction on country of residence. For full details, please refer to the terms and conditions of entry below.
Harvill Secker is delighted to be continuing its partnership with the National Centre for Writing. This year’s winner will be mentored by celebrated translator and writer Polly Barton as part of a National Centre for Writing Emerging Translator Mentorship, presented in association with the Tadashi Yanai Initiative.
As well as the mentorship, the winning translator will receive £1,000 and a selection of Harvill Secker books.
Entries will be judged by translators Polly Barton and David Karashima, novelist Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, literature and lifestyle blogger Monique-Paris Jackson and Harvill Secker editor and prize coordinator Mikaela Pedlow. The winner will be announced around International Translation Day on 30th September 2020.
Deadline for entries: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Please note entries must be received by this date: late entries will not be considered.
You must be between 18 and 34 years of age on the submission deadline. For full details, please refer to the terms and conditions of entry in the online entry form and below.
Each entrant must complete our online entry form then email their translation as a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please include your name[s] and ‘2020 entry’.
Please note that this year we are unable to consider entries submitted by post.
Online entry form and instructions: https://forms.gle/ZAGhQZfgPmqjTCZe6
Download the Terms and Conditions of Entry here
Download or print the Japanese text here (you will need Acrobat Reader to do so)
If you have any queries, please contact us at: email@example.com