Call for submissions: Rossica Translation Prize/Grants

Academia Rossica, a Russian Culture and Arts Foundation in London, is inviting publishers and translators to submit their new translations from Russian into English for the Rossica Prize 2009. The establishment of this unique prize aims to promote the best of Russian literary culture in the English-speaking world, encouraging the translation of a broad range of authors, genres and periods.

To qualify for the 2009 Rossica Prize, the original work must be written in Russian by any author, present or past and the translation published in 2007 and 2008. The prize is open to works published in any country. The award, totalling £5,000, is to be split between translator and publisher. Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2008.

The Rossica Prize Committee includes distinguished literary figures – Literary Editor of The Independent and founder of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Boyd Tonkin, the publisher Christopher MacLehose, Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation Amanda Hopkinson and Director of Literature at British Council Susanna Nicklin.  The panel of judges consists of three leading academics and translators: Martin Dewhirst, Antony Briggs and Robert Porter.  The award ceremony will take place in London on 24 May 2009, the Day of Sts Kyrill and Methodios, the creators of the Slavic alphabet.

Academica Rossica also invites publishers to apply for our newly-launched programme of grants for literary translation from Russian into English. This programme aims to promote Russian literature internationally. On the whole, priority is given to translation of contemporary fiction and poetry; literary non-fiction titles may also be eligible if they are exceptional in terms of literary or stylistic innovation.

For more information, please contact Ruth Atkinson, Literature Projects Coordinator, at

Academica Rossica
Russian Culture and Arts Foundation
76 Brewer Street
Piccadilly Circus
London W1F 9TX
+44 20 7287 5712
+44 20 7287 2614

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