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Translation Prizes

The Society of Authors administers prizes for published translations into English from the Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Greek (modern), Italian, Spanish and Swedish. The prizes are generously supported by Arts Council England among others.The annual deadline for entry is 28 February (or 31 March for The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize).


  • Arabic Translation: The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize
    Past Winners
  • Dutch Translation: The Vondel Prize
    Past Winners
  • French Translation: The Scott Moncrieff Prize
    Past Winners
  • German Translation: The Schlegel-Tieck Prize
    Past Winners
  • German Translation: The Goethe-Institut Award for New Translation
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    Past Winners
  • Italian Translation: The John Florio Prize
    Past Winners
  • Modern Greek Translation: The Hellenic Foundation for Culture Translation Prize
    Past Winners
  • Portuguese Translation: The Calouste Gulbenkian Prize (closed in 2012)
    Past Winners
  • Spanish Translation: The Premio Valle Inclán
    Past Winners
  • Swedish Translation: The Bernard Shaw Prize
    Past Winners


The presentation of the SoA's Translation Prizes 2014 took place on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at a ceremony at Europe House, London. The prizes were presented by Sir Peter Stothard, Editor of the TLS, followed by a talk on Reading Translation, by Philip Hensher. For full details of the ceremony please click here.

Listen to a recording of the 2014 Translation Prizes ceremony here.

To download a copy of the reading list, click here.

TLS Abroad in English - article by Adrian Tahourdin


On Wednesday 12 February 2014, seven translators received prizes totalling over £19,000 at the Society of Authors’ Translation Prizes, held at Europe House, London. The 2013 Translation Prizes prizes were presented by Sir Peter Stothard, Editor of the TLS at the special readings event, followed by Writing on Stilts, a discussion about distance and closeness in translation between Dr Ian Patterson and Adam Mars-Jones. For full details of the ceremony, please click here.

Click here to view a full list of the 2013 prize winners.

Read the TLS blog, Translation as Art by Adrian Tahourdin

Listen to the prize giving ceremony and Writing on Stilts 




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