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Senior Prize in Literary Translation


The Department of Comparative Literature is pleased to invite graduating seniors in all departments at the University of Michigan to submit entries for our annual prize in literary translation. This prize is open to minors as well as all other students and is intended to encourage undergraduate students to develop projects (through previous coursework or on their own initiative) in translating into English a literary text originally written in another language. Submissions are due before winter term examinations, and will be judged by a team of faculty members in Comparative Literature. The prize will be awarded before graduation at the end of winter term.

1. All seniors graduating in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Winter 2022, and affiliated with any department at the University of Michigan, are eligible to submit a translation.  

2. Students may choose to translate into English any literary text (or excerpt of a literary text) that was originally written in another language and in any literary genre (e.g. fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction).  

3. A submission should consist of your translation (no more than 10 pages), and a brief translator's preface (no more than 5 pages) that introduces the text and author you have chosen and explains your method of translation.  If you have worked significantly with previously available translations, glosses, or commentaries, please note these in your translator's preface. Make sure your submission references all texts and tools you have used to produce your translation (i.e. other translations you have consulted, translation software you may have used, etc)

4. Please submit your translation in the following format: an email listing your name, your graduation date, your major(s) and minor(s), and the complete title and author of the text you have translated, and an email attachment without your name that includes your translator's preface and your translation, along with a copy of the text you have translated in its original language.

5. Your submission should be emailed to no later than 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 14, 2022.  

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Previous Prize Winners

2022 Prize Winners

  • Neha Chava (BS in Biology, Health & Society and Comparative Literature) Translation from French of an excerpt from Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

2021 Prize Winners

  • Annika Hoffmann (BA in Comparative Literature and Political Science) Translation from German of the short story “Seegeister” by Ilse Aichinger. 

2020 Prize Winners

  • Lauren Levitt (BA in International Studies and Spanish) Translation from Spanish of “Las Cartas de Gerardo" by Elvira Navarro.

2019 Prize Winners

  • Nevin Mital (BBA in Business Administration and BS in Computer Science) Translation from Hindi of an illustrated Children’s Mahabharata by Ramanlal Soni.
  • Collin Parks (BA in History) Translation from Greek of The History by Michael Attaleiates.

2018 Prize Winners

  • Trevor Krayer (BA, International Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures) Translation from Portuguese (except from the novel Terra Fresca by João Leal)
  • Jess Xinyi Liu (BA, International Studies and Political Science) Translation from Chinese (short story Endless August by Anni Baobei)

2017 Prize Winners

  • Olivia Alge (BS, Informatics) Translation from Spanish (excerpt from Diana Chapa’s novel Desde la ventana)
  • Zahir Allarakhia (BA, Near Eastern Studies) Translation from Arabic (excerpt from Bahā’ Tāhir’s novel Last Night I Dreamt of You)
  • Sara Cusak (BA, Asian Studies and Cognitive Science) Translation from Chinese (excerpt from Mianmian’s novel A Patient)

2016 Prize Winners

  • Trevor Grayeb (BA, Political Science and International Studies) Translation from Japanese (excerpt from Hiroshi Aramata’s Teito Monogatari: The Tale of the Imperial City)
  • Steven Zeng (BS, Computer Science and Business Administration) Translation from Chinese (excerpt from Yan Lianke’s Dream of Ding Village)

2015 Prize Winners

  • Ana Guay (BA, Classical Languages & Literatures, minor in Translation Studies) Translation from the Spanish & Guaraní (excerpt from Augusto Roa Bastos’ Thunder Among the Leaves)
  • Rona Beresh (BA, Near Eastern Studies) Translation from Hebrew (Sami Berdugo’s short story “Shuk”)
  • Ashley Mulcahy (BA, Romance Languages & Literatures) Translation from Italian (excerpt from Ippolito Bentivoglio’s libretto of the opera Zenobia e Radamisto)

2014 Prize Winners

  • Ari Brown (BS, Computer Science) Translation from Finnish (collection of poems by Eeva Kilpi and Risto Rasa)
  • Sijia Hao (BA, BS, International Studies and Ross School of Business) Translation from Chinese (“Xinbad Sea Voyages”)
  • Kyra Hauck (BA, French Languages and Literatures and RC Arts and Ideas; minor in Translation Studies and International Studies) Translation from French (excerpt from Alain-Fournier, “Le Grand Meaulnes”)
  • Matthew Riemland (BA, Germanic Languages and Literatures; minor in International Studies and Philosophy) Translation from German (excerpt from Hermann Hesse, “Narcissus and Goldmund”)

2013 Prize Winners

  • Vivian Burgett (BA, Comparative Literature) Translation from French (Leïla Sebbar’s short story “La fille au hijab“)
  • Timothy Montrief (BA, Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies) Translation from Arabic (excerpt from Salwa Bakr’s Opposing Rhythms)
  • Janet Skrbina (BA, Germanic Languages and Literatures) Translation from German (three shorts stories from Wolfgang Borchert’s In Snow, in the Clean Snow)

2012 Prize Winners

  • Gabriella Martin (BA, Spanish Language and Literature, RC Creative Writing) Translation from Spanish (short stories by Juan José Millás)

2011 Prize Winners

  • Megan Berkobien (BA, Comparative Literature, minor in Russian Language and Literature) Translation from Spanish (three short stories from Cristina Peri Rossi’s Cosmoagonies)