To mark the 30th Anniversary of the British Centre for Literary Translation, we are offering two four-month residencies for literary translators, to run from 1 May 2020 to 31 August 2020 (first residency) and 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021 (second residency). The residencies have been devised as a collaboration between the translator-in-residence and the BCLT, whose main activities focus on the promotion of literary translation both as a professional activity and an academic discipline. We will work with the chosen translator in the first week of the residency in order to shape the role in accordance with his/her individual interests and skills.
Deadline for applications is 3pm on 13 February 2020.
BCLT co-sponsors the annual John Dryden Competition. The competition awards three prizes and commendations if merited, for unpublished literary translations from any language. The translations may also draw on any source text comprising poetry, prose or drama from any period. Prize-winners are announced in the summer on the BCLA website and prizes are presented thereafter every year at the BCLA ‘AGM and Colloquy’. Winning entries are eligible to be published in full on the website, and extracts from winning entries are also eligible for publication in the journal Comparative Critical Studies.
Members of the BCLA are entitled to one entry free of charge; all three prize-winners are also entitled to BCLA membership.
MA in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia:
The course focuses exclusively on literary translation and combines translation practice with translation theory. Described by former external examiner Dr Francis Jones as 'deservedly a UK leader in literary translation studies', this innovative course has been training literary translators for over two decades.
In 2011 UEA's Creative Writing programme was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the UK's most prestigious higher education award, in recognition of its continuing excellence in delivering innovative courses at a world-class level.
Possible Sources of Funding for Translators & Translation Projects
English PEN produces a very useful spreadsheet listing possible sources of funding for translators working across the world. Visit English PEN to find out more. Literature Across Frontiers lists possible sources of funding for publishers. Frankfurt Book Fair website has a great page of organisations which offer programmes for the promotion of translations for publishing companies and translators. Creative Europe Desk UK offers funding for publishing works from one Eurpoean language into another.
MA in Literary Translation
British Centre for Literary Translation
School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ