Translation Prizes

Morgan Giles, winner of of the 2020 TA First Translation Prize (photograph by Adrian Pope)
Over £10,000 awarded annually for literature in translation

Awarded annually, biennially or every three years, our translation prizes recognize outstanding translations from works in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.  

Our Translation Prizes evening is hosted every year with over £10,000 presented to winning and commended translators. 

Find out about the winners of the 2018 Translation Prizes and the 2017 Translation Prizes winners.

The 2019 Translation Prizes will be awarded in 2020 at the Knowledge Centre, British Library on Wednesday 12 February. Click here to find out more and book tickets

With thanks to support from the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

Arabic – Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize

The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize is an annual award of £3,000, established by Banipal Magazine and the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature, for published translations from Arabic of full-length works

Dutch – Vondel Prize

The Vondel Prize is a biennial award of €5000 for translation into English of full length Dutch language works of literary merit and general interest. Named after the most prominent

Italian – John Florio Prize

The John Florio Prize is a biennial award of £2,000 for translations into English of full length Italian works of literary merit and general interest. Established in 1963 and named

German – Goethe-Institut Award

The Society of Authors and the Goethe-Institut, London biennial Goethe-Institut Award for New Translation. Following on from the German Embassy Award for Translators, which was first presented in 2010 with the support of the

German – Schlegel-Tieck Prize

The Schlegel-Tieck Prize is an annual award of £3,000 for translations into English of full length German works of literary merit and general interest. First awarded in 1965 and named

French – Scott Moncrieff Prize

The Scott Moncrieff Prize is an annual award of £1,000 for translations into English of full length French works of literary merit and general interest. Established in 1965, and named

Hebrew – TLS-Risa Domb/Porjes Prize

The TLS-Risa Domb/Porjes Prize of £2,000 has been awarded triennially since 1998 and recognises the English translation of a full-length Hebrew book, fiction or non-fiction, of general interest and literary

Spanish – Premio Valle Inclán

The Premio Valle Inclán is an annual prize of £2,000 for translations into English of full length Spanish language works of literary merit and general interest. The prize was established

Swedish – Bernard Shaw Prize

The Bernard Shaw Prize is a triennial award of £2,000 for translations into English of full length Swedish language works of literary merit and general interest. Named after the author

TA First Translation Prize

‘So, it’s recognising new talent in the translation profession, but also those editors who take a chance on a debut and then work with them to make them better –