Lois Roth Award

Competition in 2017 for Translations Published in 2016

Open to Members and Nonmembers of the Association

The Committee on Honors and Awards of the Modern Language Association invites translators and publishers to compete for the tenth Lois Roth Award for a translation of a literary work. Since 1999 the MLA has offered the award in odd-numbered years for an outstanding translation into English of a book-length literary work. For the competition held in 2017, translations published in 2016 are eligible. Translators need not be members of the association. The prize, which consists of a cash award and a certificate, will be presented to the winning translator(s) at the association's annual convention in January 2018.

To enter a translation into the competition, authors or publishers should send six copies along with brief biographical and professional data about translator, a total of 12–15 pages of the text in its original language taken from the beginning, middle, and end of the work, and a letter identifying the work, the translator, and the date of publication to the Lois Roth Award, Modern Language Association, 85 Broad Street, suite 500, New York, NY 10004-2434. In the case of a born-digital publication, send the relevant media or URL and a letter identifying the work to awards@mla.org. Publishers may submit more than one title. Entries may be submitted at any time but must be received by 1 April 2017. The winning translator will be contacted in September, and a public announcement will be made in early December. Because of the volume of submissions, we regret that we are unable to contact each entrant individually.

For further information, call or write the MLA office of programs (646 576-5141; awards@mla.org).

Note: Since 1999, the MLA has offered two complementary awards: the Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work, offered in even-numbered years for books published in the previous year; and the Lois Roth Award, offered in odd-numbered years for books published in the previous year. The first three competitions for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of Literary Work were biennial; books published in either of the two years preceding the year of the award were eligible.

Past winners of this prize