Award Ceremony Helen & Kurt Wolff and Gutekunst Translation Prizes 2018

Preisträger © Simona Lexau / Sixto Fernández Álvarez


Goethe-Institut New York

Join the Goethe-Institut New York for an evening celebrating translation of German literature as the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize and the Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York are awarded.

The 2018 Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize recipient is Isabel Fargo Cole for her translation of Wolfgang Hilbig's Old Rendering Plant published by Two Lines Press in 2017.

Nick Andrews will be awarded the Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York for his translation "Selbstbildnis mit Geschirrtuch," a short story from the book Die Liebe unter Aliens by Terézia Mora (Luchterhand, 2016).

The annual Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize has been awarded each year since 1996 to honor an outstanding literary translation from German into English published by a North American publisher during the previous year. The translator of the winning translation will receive $10,000. The prize was established in 1996 and is administered by the Goethe-Institut New York. It is funded by the German government. 

In 2010, the Goethe-Institut New York received a generous donation in memory of Frederick and Grace Gutekunst. A prize was created to identify outstanding young translators of German literature into English and assist them in establishing contact with the translation and publishing communities. As of 2017, the prize is supported by the Friends of Goethe New York. The winner receives a prize of $2,500.