About the Prize
The NSW Premier’s Translation Prize ($30,000) is offered biennially. The prize was proposed by the International PEN Sydney Centre and is funded by Multicultural NSW with a commemorative medallion, sponsored by Sydney PEN.
The prize is intended to acknowledge the contribution made to literary culture by Australian translators, and recognizes the vital role that literary translators play in enabling writers and readers to communicate across cultures throughout the world. The prize is offered only to translators who translate into English works written in other languages.
The prize is awarded for a translation in book form. Nominated works can be works of fiction, creative non-fiction, or volumes of poetry. A nominated work must be at least 40,000 words in length (this does not apply to volumes of poetry).
Previous winners of the prize are eligible to apply.
Translators may nominate themselves for the prize, or may be nominated by their publisher or by another individual.
All translations must be into the English language.
All translated works entered must have been first published between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2020.
More than one work by the same translator may be nominated, provided the works entered meet all other conditions of entry.