‘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 – a role we all depend on, but don’t acknowledge often enough.’
The TA First Translation Prize is an annual £2,000 prize for a debut literary translation into English published in the UK and Ireland. The Prize is shared between the translator and their editor.
It was established in 2017 and generously endowed by Daniel Hahn, with support from the British Council.
Entry to the 2022 TA First Translation Prize is now closed. Winners will be announced in February 2023.
The 2021 TA First Translation Prize Winner and Runner up
Winner: Jackie Smith and editor Bill Swainson
for a translation of An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky. (MacLehose Press)
Runner up: Padma Viswanathan and editor Edwin Frank
for a translation of São Bernardo by Graciliano Ramos. (New York Review Books)
You can listen and watch a reading of An Inventory of Loss by Jackie Smith Here
With thanks to judges: Daniel Hahn, Vineet Lal and Annie McDermott
For any queries relating to the prize please contact firstname.lastname@example.org