Gutekunst Translation Prize

In 2010, the Goethe-Institut New York received a generous donation in memory of Frederick and Grace Gutekunst with which we have established the Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators. From Frederick Gutekunst's love of the German language evolved the idea of creating a prize to identify outstanding young translators of German literature into English and assist them in establishing contact with the translation and publishing communities.

Fourth Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators: Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators is open to college students and to all translators under the age of 35 who, at the time the prize is awarded, have not yet published, nor are under contract for, a book-length translation. Applications will be accepted only from permanent residents of the United States. Team translations will not be accepted.

Translations will be submitted to a jury consisting of three experts in German literature and translation. The winner will be notified in mid-May 2014. The jury's statement and the name of the winner will be published on the website of the Goethe-Institut.

The winner of the Gutekunst Prize will be invited to an award ceremony to take place at the Goethe-Institut New York. The $2,500 prize will be awarded at this time and the winner will have the opportunity to present his or her translation.

The winning translation will be published on the website of the Goethe-Institut and, following agreement with the German publisher of the work, be used as a sample translation in negotiations with US publishers, to be conducted by the German Book Office.

For further information, please contact Edna McCown at: Mail

Please note: Applicants must be under the age of 35 on the date of the jury’s decision, May 12, 2014. By submitting work for the Gutekunst Prize, the applicant acknowledges the right of the Goethe-Institut and German Book Office to use the accepted work in its publications, on its website, and for educational and promotional purposes related to the Prize.

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