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Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

Helen & Kurt Wolff
Translator's Prize

Established in 1996 and funded by the German government, the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize is awarded each year to honor an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the USA the previous year. The prizewinning translator receives $10,000. 

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Submissions open

The Helen & Kurt Wolff Prize is currently open for submissions. Please click on our Online Submission Form below in order to submit a book. The deadline for submitting a completed application is January 31, 2022. 

How to submit?

Publishers in the USA and Canada are invited to submit six copies of a published translation from the German language into English for consideration. The translation must have been published (not only distributed) in the USA or Canada in 2021.

Guidelines for Publishers

2021 Prizewinner

25 Years Wolff Prize

Shelley Frisch, jury chair of the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, reflects on the twenty-five year history of the prize, its significance to literature in translation, and its role in honoring the Wolff family’s extraordinary legacy in publishing.

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

Alexander Wolff, grandson of Kurt Wolff and author of Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home, elucidates his grandfather's perennial undertaking to establish himself as a publisher on both sides of the Atlantic.

Kurt Wolff, 1887-1963

Submissions 2021

The following titles, all published in the USA or Canada in 2020, were submitted for consideration for this year's prize.

Submissions 2021

Past Prizewinners

About Helen & Kurt Wolff

Kurt Wolff, joined later by his wife Helen, was one of the most outstanding and innovative publishers in Germany of the 1920s. Helen and Kurt Wolff immigrated to New York in 1941, and founded Pantheon Books, a publishing house devoted mainly to the translation of German and other European literature.

About Helen & Kurt Wolff


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Translation Grant Program

The Goethe-Institut’s grant program “Translations of German Books into Other Languages” supports non-German publishers in publishing German-language literature, with the aim of making accessible to non-German speaking readers current works of contemporary literature, literature for children and young people, important academic titles and non-fiction works.

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Gutekunst Prize

The Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York 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.