The Becker Prize is given to an unpublished book-length manuscript of poetry in translation. It includes a $1,000 prize and publication by White Pine Press.
- manuscripts must be book length (48 pages - 80 pages, not including the original text) works of poetry in English translation
- DO NOT include any identifying information about the translator in the manuscript (i.e. name, bio, etc.)
- DO include an acknowledgements page,indicating any previous publication of individual poems
- DO include a letter or document indicating permission of the original poet or their estate, as applicable, to submit the book for publication in English
- DO include the original language text either appended to or contained within the translation manuscript
- translators need not be an ALTA member or U.S. citizen or resident in order to apply for the award
The 2016 Becker Prize winner was Carolyn Tipton for her translation of Returnings: Poems of Love and Distance by Spanish poet Rafael Alberti.
Cliff Becker (1964-2005) was the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Director from 1999-2005. He began his career at the NEA in 1992 as a literature specialist, was named Acting Director in 1997, and in 1999 became the NEA’s Director of Literature.
The Becker Prize is made possible by the Cliff Becker Endowment for the Literary Arts and a grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership.