American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Competition Open

The American-Scandinavian Foundation has announced the opening of its 38th annual Translation Competition for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author born after 1900. Two prizes are offered: the Nadia Christensen Prize, which includes a $2,500 award, and 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.

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Excerpts from each prize-winning work will be published in Scandinavian Review (ASF’s illustrated journal) and prize-winners receive a commemorative bronze medallion. The winners in the 2017 competition were Maija Liisa Mäkinen (Brooklyn, New York) and Melissa Bowers (Seattle, Washington).

The Nadia Christensen Prize and the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award are the only prizes regularly awarded in the U.S. for English translation of Nordic literature. For more information on the 2018 Translation Prize competition, please see the ASF’s website at

For more information, contact Carl Fritscher, Fellowships & Grants Officer, at

For rules and application details, click here. 

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