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Each year, between four and six $1,000 fellowships are awarded to emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference (November 11-14 , 2020 in Tucson, AZ). 

Among the fellowships is the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship, which is preferentially awarded to an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language. Applicants for the Jansen Fellowship should apply using the below ALTA Travel Fellowship application, and check the Jansen Fellowship eligibility box in the application form.

At the conference, ALTA Fellows are invited to read their translated work at a keynote event, giving them an opportunity to present their translations to an audience of translators, authors, editors, and publishers from around the world.

ALTA Travel Fellowships are funded by a combination of member dues and private donations, often generously provided by established translators and other devoted supporters of literary translation. If you are interested in learning more about how you can support this important program, please contact Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org.

This program is distinct from the ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program. Recipients of the 2020 Emerging Translator Mentorship Program mentorship are ineligible for the 2020 Travel Fellowships. Previous years' mentees are welcome to apply.

Find out more about previous years' travel fellows here.

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter explaining your interest in attending the conference
  • current CV / resumé
  • up to 10 pages of translated work (poetry or prose, double spaced)
  • the corresponding original language text

 The deadline to apply for a 2020 ALTA Travel Fellowship is April 20, 2020, 11:59pm PT.

The timeline for the 2020 ALTA Travel Fellowships is:
January 13: Submissions open
March 2: Judges announced
April 20: Submissions close
Early July: Winners notified
September 23: Winners announced

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