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Translation Award Read Russia starts applications admission
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The organizers of Read Russia Translation Award have started to accept the applications. It is possible to send work to the contest until the end of April of 2020, its founder, the Institute of translation, announced.
The prize is designed to encourage translators and promote translations of works of Russian literature abroad. It is awarded for the best translation from Russian into a foreign language once every two years.
Russkiy Mir reported that the jury would choose the winners in four nominations: Classical Russian literature of the XIX century, Literature of the XX century, Modern Russian literature and Poetry. The list of languages into which works of Russian writers are to be translated includes almost all international languages of communication. The list can be expanded if necessary.
Individuals as well as publishers, research centers and other organizations have the right to nominate candidates. The translator will receive five thousand euros, three thousand euros will go to the publishing house.
Translations published in 2018 and 2019 are allowed to take part in the competition.
It is planned that the award ceremony will be held in early autumn of 2020. It will be included in the program of the International Congress of Literary Translators, which will be held in Moscow for the sixth time.
This year the short list of the award includes nearly two dozen translations of works by Russian writers into twelve languages. The organizers received about one hundred and eighty applications. Most of them came from translators and publishers from the UK, USA, France and Spain.
The Board of Trustees of the award includes well-known public figures, cultural figures and politicians, including the head of the State Duma Committee on Education, the chairman of the board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov.