American Literary Translators Association

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes literary translation and translators.

ALTA awards five major prizes at the annual ALTA conference: the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose, for exceptional books of translated literature published within the previous year; the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize, for an outstanding work of Asian literature published within the previous year; the Italian Prose in Translation Award (IPTA), for an exceptional work of Italian prose in English translation published within the previous year; and the Spain-USA Foundation Translation Award (SUFTA) for an exceptional work of prose by a Spanish (Spain) author published within the previous year. We also offer the ALTA Travel Fellowships for emerging translators to attend the annual conference, including the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship for an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language.

Submissions are accepted from mid-January through mid-April via Submittable only.

Any questions about awards may be directed to Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at


ALTA administers the ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program, which is designed to establish and facilitate a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a project selected by the emerging translator. Learn more about the program on our website

Submissions are accepted from early September through late November via Submittable only. 

Please find answers to your questions about ALTA's Mentorship Program on our program FAQ page! If you don't see the answer to your question there, you may write to Program Manager Kelsi Vanada at

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American Literary Translators Association