This year the focus language for the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize is Bengali and entrants will translate the short story ‘Half-Timer Pawre’ by Shamik Ghosh, from his collection Elvis O Amolasundari.
Now in its ninth year, the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize aims to encourage and support the next generation of literary translators. It is an annual prize, which focuses on a different language each year and 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.
This year’s prize will be judged by renowned translator Arunava Sinha, anthropologist and novelist Tahmima Anam and Harvill Secker editor Mikaela Pedlow.
Harvill Secker is delighted to be continuing its partnership with The National Centre for Writing, and the winning translator will take part in a National Centre for Writing Emerging Translator Mentorship with translator Arunava Sinha.
As well as the mentorship, the winning translator will receive £1,000 and a selection of Harvill Secker books.
Deadline for entries: Tuesday 28 August 2018
Entry is now closed. The winner will be announced on 28 September at International Translation Day.
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About Shamik Ghosh
SHAMIK GHOSH was born in Kolkata in 1983, and started writing from an early age. His first short story was published in eminent literary magazine Desh in 2003. After studying Physics at the University of Calcutta, he worked as a corporate banker in Ahmedabad and Mumbai. In 2014, he left his corporate job to pursue a creative career. His first collection of short stories Elvis O Amolasundari was published in India in 2016. He completed his first short film, Trapeze, in 2017.
In 2017, Shamik was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, India’s National Academy of Letters Young Writers’ Prize, for his debut short story collection Elvis O Amolasundari (Elvis and Amolasundari), and he also received the Ila Chanda Smriti Puraskar for his work as an emerging Bengali fiction writer, a prize awarded by one of the oldest literary institutions in India, Bangiya Sahitya Parishad.