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The Rhine Translation Prize

The Black Lawrence Press Rhine Translation Prize for a book-length literary translation from German into English celebrates the cultural power of literature in translation, highlights the vital contributions of literature in translation to the English-speaking world, and follows Black Lawrence Press’ history of publishing some of the most important voices in German, Austrian, and Swiss literature. The Prize will be awarded every two years.

The inaugural Rhine Translation Prize will open for submissions on 1 July 2022. The deadline for entries is 31 December 2022.

Entry Fee: $30

The winning translator and author will receive a prize of $1,000 (to be shared equally between translator and author––or the author’s estate, unless the work is in the public domain), book publication, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded upon publication.

Judge and Rhine Translation Prize and Series Editor: Daniele Pantano

Rhine Translation Prize Intern: Jade King



Entry Period: July 1 - December 31 How to submit ›

How to Submit



1) Translators and authors may be of any nationality.

2) Manuscripts must be original book-length translations. The prize is open to any novel, novella, collection of short stories, collection of poetry, literary nonfiction, or hybrid form(s).

3) Trade, technical, or academic writing, as well as anthologies, are not eligible.

4) Translations-in-progress are not accepted. Only full manuscripts are eligible.

5) It is the translator’s responsibility to secure all relevant and appropriate translation rights.

6) No more than two manuscripts can be submitted per award year and per translator.

7) Only translators who have not previously published with Black Lawrence Press will be considered for the Black Lawrence Rhine Translation Prize and Series.

8) The Judge and Black Lawrence Press Editors reserve the right to choose no translation manuscript for the Rhine Translation Prize and Series during any given award year.



Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($30) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail.

1) All manuscripts should include a title page, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page and table of contents.

2) Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman.

3) Manuscripts should be 70–1,000 pages in length, not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.).

4) Please include a cover letter containing relevant autobiographical information about the author and the translator and a short description of the manuscript. Please also include a list of the author’s published works, if available.