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Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature and Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prizes and Grants

Opportunity for USA Translators to Compete for Prizes for
Translating Book-Length Works from the Japanese Language

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Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University

Deadline Date:

06/01/21 Receipt


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Opportunity for USA translators to compete for prizes for translating book-length works from the Japanese language. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Cash prizes will be awarded to one or more translators for the most outstanding translation of a classical or modern work. In addition, prizes and grants are available for distinguished translations, especially those of scholarly significance or merit; grants to promising translations-in-progress; subventions for the forthcoming publication of especially deserving translations; and, in rare cases, lifetime achievement awards for translators with particularly distinguished careers.

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature (JUSFC) is given for the best translation of a modern work or a classical work, or the prize is divided between equally distinguished translations.

The Keene Center also occasionally awards Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prizes and Grants of varying amounts.

Translations must be of book-length Japanese works: novels, collections of short stories, manga, essays, memoirs, drama, or poetry. Submissions may be unpublished manuscripts, works in press, or books published during the three years prior to the prize year* (for the current prize, this means publication dates in 2018 and afterward).

*Due to the continued COVID-19 crisis and for the 2021-2022 prize year only, the Donald Keene Center has extended the cut-off date of publication to prior three years instead of two.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195593

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University annually awards up to $6,000 in Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature (JUSFC).

The Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prizes and Grants are of varying amounts. These include: prizes up to $6,000, prizes, grants, subventions, and lifetime achievement awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes:
Translators must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Miyoshi Prizes and Grants:
Translators must be non-citizens or non-permanent-residents of the United States.

Prior recipients are eligible to submit new translations.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2021.

Published books and works in press should be submitted by publishers; unpublished manuscripts by translators or their agents.

All applications will be automatically considered for the Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Prize, and only applications from or on behalf of US Citizens/Permanent Residents will be also be considered for the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.

The submission process for the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes and the Miyoshi Prizes and Grants is the same.

Due to the continued COVID-19 crisis and office closure, the Keene Center is only accepting electronic submissions. Please send an email to inform the Center of your submission before sending your submission.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture
c/o Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
407 Kent Hall MC 3907
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

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