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Awards in Support of Southeast Asian- English Translations


The Translation Project Group of the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, intends to award subventions to support the translation of key texts not yet published in the social sciences and humanities from a Southeast Asian language into English. Texts, which may be of any length, will be evaluated according to their importance within a disciplinary study of Southeast Asia, or for their decisive impact on the region.


Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Importance of the text to scholarship and teaching about the region;
  2. Significance of the genre and how well it is represented in existing translations;
  3. Qualifications of the translator;
  4. Probability of successful completion;
  5. Likelihood of publication;
  6. Probability of classroom use.

Awards will vary from $750 to $2,000, depending on length of proposed text, and will be made annually.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013. This funding opportunity is being made available by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Judith Henchy

Chair, Translation Project Group

Southeast Asia Section

Box 352900

University of Washington Libraries

Seattle WA 98195-2900

For more information, please contact Judith Henchy at<

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eBook Retailer Leads the Search for “America’s Next Author”

USA | Aspiring writers, take note: is leading the cause to reinvent the traditional writing contest. eBookMall’s America’s Next Author competition began Monday, September 17 and takes a play out of the American Idol playbook – readers will vote to advance their favorite submissions. Consider it the book industry’s answer to widely popular TV shows looking for music’s next superstar.

“This is not your average writing contest,” says eBookMall Managing Director Martijn Leenders. “In most writing contests, authors are left in the dark without ever knowing what other people entered or why they didn’t win, and the general public is often left out of the equation all together. This contest will be transparent, a social experience that reveals what real people really want to read.”

Writers will submit stories at Submissions should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words and feature only original material that has not been published anywhere else. Entering the contest is free and the grand prize is $5,000 – not to mention priceless exposure as an up-and-coming author. Two runners-up will receive $500.

As with traditional writing contests, eBookMall seeks submissions featuring well-written stories and engaging characters, but America’s Next Author is different in one very significant way: contestants can influence their chances of winning by mobilizing their fans through social media and word-of-mouth promotion. Encouraging friends, family, and fans to vote will be crucial to the winning author’s success.

Of course, it’s not designed to be a simple popularity contest. A panel of experienced professionals from the publishing industry (“the jury”) will oversee the competition. The jury will read entries and provide critical feedback to authors in a public forum. Like American Idol, this professional criticism may (or may not) impact voting. The jury will also award four wildcards, guaranteeing their preferred contestants will make it to the “finals” round of competition, and will choose the ultimate winner from three finalists in early December.

The contest is broken into the following four rounds:

Submission period: starts September 17th During this period, authors will submit their original short story. Submissions will not be immediately visible on the contest website, but authors will receive an email confirmation when their submission is accepted or rejected.

Nomination Round: October 9th – November 27thDuring the nomination rounds, the public will have access to submissions while authors can enhance their profile page to win over fans and improve their chances of nabbing a nomination. Aspiring writers can continue to submit stories during the nomination round, but writers who submit early will have more time to garner support and increase their ranking. Readers can provide written reviews or quick star-reviews.

eBookMall officials will rank authors using an algorithm that incorporates ten distinct factors, including number of reviews, result of reviews, social media mentions (Facebook, Twitter) and news articles about the author and/or story. Ranking will be visible on the contest website and updated regularly. At the end of the nomination rounds, the jury will also select four “wildcard” authors to advance to the finals.

Finals: December 5th – December 11th – The final 12 nominees (eight from nomination rounds, four wildcards) will be positioned against each other in a bracket system. Readers can return to vote for their favorite author as he or she goes head to head with another nominee. The three candidates with the highest score from this round will make it into the final jury selection.

Jury Round (December 11th – December 18th) The members of the jury will read and review works submitted by three finalists and decide who will be crowned America’s Next Author. eBookMall will announce the grand prize winner and two runners-up on December 18, 2012.

Click here for the Official Rules.

Founded in 1999, eBookMall is a veteran in the growing e-book industry. The retailer offers digital books from the world’s biggest publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, and MacMillan. Books are available in PDF and ePub formats for Windows and Mac computers, Android tablets, dedicated eReaders, and mobile phones.

“America’s Next Author” is eBookMall’s first contest for aspiring writers. For more information, visit

The Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation

Cliff Becker


“Translation is the medium through which American readers gain greater access to the world.  By providing us with as direct a connection as possible to the individual voice of the author, translation provides a window into the heart of a culture.” —Cliff Becker, May 16, 2005

In collaboration with White Pine Press and the Cliff Becker Endowment for the Literary Arts, the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri announce the second annual Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation, which produces one volume of literary translation in English, annually. These volumes initially will be bi-lingual editions of poetry, but as the endowment grows we will begin to include literary fiction and nonfiction in the prize rotation.



  • 80-140 pp., bi-lingual manuscripts in original, English translations of poetry.
  • TWO title pages—ONE bearing only the title of the work and name of the non-English poet, and ONE bearing as well the name and contact information of the English translator.
  • A current listing of acknowledgements, indicating permission of the original poet or his/her estate, as applicable, and indicating any previous publication of individual poems.
  • No other indication of the translator’s identity may appear anywhere in the submitted manuscript.
  • $25 submission fee made payable to The University of Missouri, with Cliff Becker Endowment for the Literary Arts written on the “memo” line.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned; please include a letter-sized SASE for notification of results.
  • Postmark Deadline: October 30, 2012

The translator of the winning manuscript will receive a standard publication contract with White Pine Press yielding a bi-lingual edition of 1000 copies of approximately 128 pages.  In lieu of an advance against royalties, the translator will receive a prize of $1000.

Send to:
The Cliff Becker Book Prize
Department of English/Tate Hall 114
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-1500

A Hand Full of Water by Tzveta Sofronieva, translated by Chantal Wright is the first winner of the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation, chosen by Willis Barnstone, and published by White Pine Press in the fall of 2012.

Cliff Becker (1964-2005) was the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Director from 1999-2005. Cliff believed translation to be a global necessity, and he led the development of the NEA Literature Translation Initiative. He hoped to establish a National Endowment for Translation, and one of the first steps toward that goal was the launch of the International Literature Awards. The NEA announced that program on May 16, 2005, the day before Cliff died of a heart attack. In May, 2009, Cliff’s widow, Leila Bakry-Becker, established The Cliff Becker Endowment for the Literary Arts in her husband’s memory.