The PEN American Center announced the shortlists its 2013 PEN Literary Awards. For more than 50 years, these awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across such diverse fields as fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, and drama. With the help of its partners and supporters, PEN will confer 16 distinct awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes in 2013, awarding nearly $150,000 to writers, editors, and translators.
Here is the shortlist for the Translation Prize ($3,000) for books translated into English and published in 2012:
- A Long Day’s Evening by Bilge Karasu (Turkey) ― Translated from Turkish by Aron Aji and Fred Stark
- Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector (Brazil) ― Translated from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin
- Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos (Mexico) ― Translated from Spanish by Rosalind Harvey
- The Cardboard House by Martín Adán (Peru) ― Translated from Spanish by Katherine Silver
- The Island of Second Sight by Albert Vigoleis Thelen (Germany) ― Translated from German by Donald O. White
Here is the shortlist for poetry in Translation ($3,000) for collections written by the same author, translated into English, and published in 2012:
- Spit Temple by Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) ― Translated from Spanish by Rosa Alcalá
- Diadem by Marosa di Giorgio (Uruguay) ― Translated from Spanish by Adam Giannelli
- Tales of a Severed Head by Rachida Madani (Morocco) ― Translated from French by Marilyn Hacker
- The Smoke of Distant Fires by Eduardo Chirinos (Peru) ― Translated from Spanish by G. J. Racz
- Almost 1 Book/Almost 1 Life by Elfriede Czurda (Austria) ― Translated from German by Rosmarie Waldrop
- The Shock of the Lenders and Other Poems by Jorge Santiago Perednik (Argentina) ― Translated from Spanish by Molly Weigel
The winners will be announce in August, along with the recipients of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants ($2,000-$4,000) whose purpose is to support the translation of book-length works into English.