BCLA/BCLT John Dryden Translation Competition 2020-2021 now open (deadline 8 February 2021)


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The British Comparative Literature Association and the British Centre for Literary Translation are pleased to announce their continued joint sponsorship of the translation competition for 2020-2021. Prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished literary translations from any language into English, subject to finding a reader (entrance fee will be refunded if no reader is available). Literary translation includes poetry, prose, or drama from any period.

First prize: £350; second prize: £200; third prize: £100; other entries may receive commendations.
All three prizes also include one year’s BCLA membership.

Judges will be selected from the following:

Dr Jacob Blakesley (Chair) (Academic Fellow in World Literatures and Translation Studies, University of Leeds)
Professor Susan Bassnett (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Glasgow/Warwick)Dr Emily Finer (Senior Lecturer in Russian and Comparative Literature, University of St Andrews)
Dr Stuart Gillespie (Reader, University of Glasgow and Founding Editor, Translation and Literature)
Professor Maike Oergel (Professor of German and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham)
Professor Wen-chin Ouyang (Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, SOAS)
Professor Martin Sorrell  (Professor of Modern Languages, University of Exeter)
Robert Chandler (Translator)

The judges will be assisted by expert bilingual readers specialising in the literatures for which entries are received.

Prize-winners will be announced in summer/autumn 2021 on the BCLA website:

Subject to copyright, winning entries will be published in full in Comparative Critical Studies and on the Edinburgh University Press website

If you join the BCLA between 1 July 2020 and 31 January 2021, you may submit one entry free of charge. Please note this on your  John Dryden Competition Entry form.

The entry fee is £10 sterling for one, £15 for two, or £20 for three entries. Payment can be made via the University of Leeds secure online store: https://store.leeds.ac.uk/.   

Electronic entries (source text, translation, entry form) should be emailed toR.Hibbitt@leeds.ac.uk

If you need to send hard copies, please send them to the following address:
Dr Richard Hibbitt, John Dryden Translation Competition
School of Languages, Cultures & Societies
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Entries will be received from September 2020
Failure to comply with the competition rules (printed overleaf) will render entries ineligible. 

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