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2020 ASF Translation Competition Opens and 2019 Winners Announced

Wednesday, January 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The American-Scandinavian Foundation has announced the opening of its 40th annual Translation Competition for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a Nordic author born after 1900. Three prizes will be awarded this year: the Nadia Christensen Prize, which includes a $2,500 award; the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize, which recognizes distinguished effort by an individual whose literary translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published, and includes a $2,000 award; and the Wigeland Prize, an award given for the best translation by a resident of Norway, which includes a $2,000 award. All three prizes also include publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review (ASF’s illustrated journal) and a commemorative bronze medallion.

The Translation Prize Competition opened in January and will be closing on Saturday, June 15. See the full guidelines here.

The winners in the 2019 competition were Larissa Kyzer (Brooklyn, New York), Mie Mortensen (New York City, New York), and Olivia Lasky (Oslo, Norway). Ms. Kyzer received the Nadia Christensen Prize for her translation of an excerpt from Elín, ýmislegt (A Fist or a Heart) by Icelandic author Kristín Eiríksdóttir (b. 1981). Ms. Mortensen received the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize for her translation of En pige og en dreng (A Girl and a Boy) by Danish author Morten Brask (b. 1970). This year, a third translation award, the Wigeland Prize, was granted to Olivia Lasky for her superb translation of the Norwegian author Sigbjørn Skåden’s (b. 1976) Våke over dem som sover (Watch Over Those Who Sleep).

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