The annual Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize is awarded each spring to honor an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the USA the previous year. The translator of the winning translation will receive US $10,000. The prize was established in 1996 and was administered by the Goethe-Institut Chicago until 2014. Funded by the German government, the Prize has been administered by the Goethe-Institut New York since 2015.
Damion Searls received the 2019 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl.
Publisher: New York Review Books, 2018
Isabel Fargo Cole received the 2018 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for her translation of Wolfgang Hilbig's Old Rendering Plant.
Publisher: Two Lines Press, 2017
Charlotte Collins received the 2017 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for her translation of Robert Seethaler's A Whole Life.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Daniel Bowles received the 2016 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for his translation of Christian Kracht's Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
for Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl von Uwe Johnson (New York Review Books)
|2018||Isabel Fargo Cole
for Old Rendering Plant by Wolfgang Hilbig (Two Lines Press)
for A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
for Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas by Christian Kracht (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
for Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor by Hugo Ball (Wakefield Press)
for Kafka: The Years of Insight by Reiner Stach (Princeton University Press)
for An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori (New York Review Books)
for Isle of the Dead by Gerhard Meier (Dalkey Archive Press)
|2011||Jean M. Snook
for The Distand Sound by Gert Jonke (Dalkey Archive Press)
for Speak, Nabokov by Michael Maar (Verso)
for The Executor – A Comedy of Letters by Michael Krüger (Harcourt)
for Childhood. An Autobiographical Fragment by Moses Rosenkranz (Syracuse University Press)
for The Bird is a Raven by Benjamin Lebert (Knopf)
for The Old Child & Other Stories by Jenny Erpenbeck (New Directions)
|2005||Michael Henry Heim
for Death in Venus by Thomas Mann (Ecco)
for Morenga by Uwe Timm (New Directions)
|2003||Margot Bettauer Dembo
for Summerhouse, later by Judith Hermann (Ecco)
for Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald (Random House)
for Too Far Afield by Günter Grass (Harcourt)
for Rebellion by Joseph Roth (St. Martin's Press)
for Penthesilia by Heinrich von Kleist (HarperCollins)
for Heroes Like Us by Thomas Brussig (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
for Jacob the Liar by Jurek Becker (Arcade Publishing)
|1996||John E. Woods
for The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (Knopf) and Nobodaddy's Children by Arno Schmidt (Dalkey Archive Press)