Ajvaz on BTBA Long List

The long list for this year’s Best Translated Book Award (open to all works of literature) has been announced. The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz, translated from the Czech by Andrew Oakland (Dalkey Archive) is amongst the listed works. Ajvaz’s book is one of many also being looked at by our jury. The full BTBA long list is available here, and you can find links to samples of all the listed works on GalleyCat.

Thank You, Everyone

Our fund raiser is now over. We are delighted to announce that we received a total of $1159.01 from individual donors, and a further $605.00 from various institutions and members of our own Board of Directors. That’s a grand total of $1764.01 — a little way short of our target, but certainly enough to give cash prizes for the inaugural awards. Thank you everyone who donated!

Particular thanks go to the people of Finland who donated far more per head of population than any other country. Canada was second, and Australia third. The largest amount of donations came from the USA. We also received donations from the UK, France, Germany, Mexico and Singapore.

We will be doing the prize draw shortly and expect to announce the winners next week.

Prize Draw: Final Day

Today is the final day of our fund raiser prize draw. You have until midnight (California time) to donate in order to be eligible for a prize. We have had over $1200 donated thus far, and we are hoping we can get a bit closer to our goal of $2000 by the end of the day. As a reminder, here’s the full list of what is on offer:

  • A signed copy of The Graveyard Book donated by Neil Gaiman
  • A signed copy of Finch, donated by Jeff VanderMeer
  • A selection of 5 issues of Weird Tales (including the International issue). Donated by Ann VanderMeer
  • A signed copy of And Now We Are Going to Have a Party by Nicola Griffith ($75 unsigned on Amazon)
  • A copy of the original hardcover of Plan for Chaos by John Wyndham ($85 on Amazon)
  • A signed copy of Evaporating Genres, donated by Gary K. Wolfe
  • A signed copy of the limited edition hardback of The Reality Dysfunction (Subterranean), donated by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Signed copies of Living With Ghosts (DAW) and The Four Musketeers: the true story of d’Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis and Athos, donated by Kari Sperring
  • A selection of 3 SF books translated from Japanese, donated by Nick Mamatas
  • A copy of Pierre Pevel’s The Cardinal’s Blades (translated from French), donated by Pyr Books
  • A copy of Blood Out of a Stone by Élisabeth Vonarburg (translated from French), donated by Nanopress
  • A copy of Joe R. Lansdale’s Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal (Tachyon)




All of the small print is available here, and details of our non-profit status are here.

VanderMeers Seek Translated Fiction for Leviathan 5

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer will be seeking out translated fiction for the 5th in their series of Leviathan anthologies. On his blog Jeff says:

We are going to do something fairly unprecedented in the history of genre and have between 15 and 20 associate/foreign language editors in other countries so that many writers who do not write in English would be able to submit. Up to 30,000 words of the 100,000 words might be fiction newly translated for Leviathan 5.

Full details are available here.

Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Awards

We have been sent a Call for Entries for the 2010-2011 Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Awards. Here’s the introduction:

Stephen C. Soong (1919–1996) was a prolific writer as well as an active figure in the promotion of translation education and research. To commemorate his contributions in this field, the Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Awards were set up in 1997 by the Research Centre for Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a donation from the Soong family. It gives recognition to academics who have made contributions to original research in Chinese Translation Studies, particularly in the use of first-hand sources for historical and cultural investigations.

Full details of how to enter are below the cut…
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Final Week, More Prizes

We are entering the final week of our fund raising drive, and we have two very exciting new prizes to add to the list. They are:

From Nicola Griffith, a copy of her memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party. This is not just a memoir though. The boxed set includes the memoir bound in five volumes (including diary entries, photographs, poetry, and early fiction). The box also contains a facsimile of Nicola’s first book (created age 4), a CD of songs by Nicola and her early-’80s punk band, Janes Plane, as well as three scratch-n-sniff cards, a fold-out poster, a letterpressed preface by Dorothy Allison, and a numbered signing sheet. This is a limited edition of 450 signed and numbered box sets and it is going for $75 on Amazon.

From Andy Sawyer at the University of Liverpool we have a copy of the recently discovered John Wyndham novel, Plan for Chaos. This is the book in which Wyndham does Nazi clones long before The Boys from Brazil was thought of. There is a Penguin paperback of this book available, but we have a copy of the University of Liverpool hardcover edition that is $85 on Amazon.

As a reminder, the rest of the prizes are:

  • A signed copy of The Graveyard Book donated by Neil Gaiman
  • A signed copy of Finch, donated by Jeff VanderMeer
  • A selection of 5 issues of Weird Tales (including the International issue). Donated by Ann VanderMeer
  • A signed copy of Evaporating Genres, donated by Gary K. Wolfe
  • A signed copy of the limited edition hardback of The Reality Dysfunction (Subterranean), donated by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Signed copies of Living With Ghosts (DAW) and The Four Musketeers: the true story of d’Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis and Athos, donated by Kari Sperring
  • A selection of 3 SF books translated from Japanese, donated by Nick Mamatas
  • A copy of Pierre Pevel’s The Cardinal’s Blades (translated from French), donated by Pyr Books
  • A copy of Blood Out of a Stone by Élisabeth Vonarburg (translated from French), donated by Nanopress
  • A copy of Joe R. Lansdale’s Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal (Tachyon)

To be eligible for a prize, all you have to do is donate here.

You have until midnight on Friday (January 14th) to donate in order to be eligible for the prize draw. Full details of the promotion are available here and here.

Thank You, SLF!

Our thanks are due to the Speculative Literature Foundation who have pledged an annual grant of $250 to our awards. This will go a long way towards our goal of being able to give cash prizes to the winners. The full press release is available here.

Our fund-raising drive is still going and will continue until January 14th. Additional prizes will be announced early next week.

More Prizes

We are delighted to be able to add some more books to the prize draw in our fund raiser. Firstly Neil Gaiman has confirmed that the book he is donating is his multi-award-winning The Graveyard Book. In addition we have had books donated by Peter F. Hamilton, Kari Sperring and Nanopress, a Canadian small press.

So, as of now the following prizes are on offer:

  • A signed copy of The Graveyard Book donated by Neil Gaiman
  • A signed copy of Finch, donated by Jeff VanderMeer
  • A selection of 5 issues of Weird Tales (including the International issue). Donated by Ann VanderMeer
  • A signed copy of Evaporating Genres, donated by Gary K. Wolfe
  • A signed copy of the limited edition hardback of The Reality Dysfunction (Subterranean), donated by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Signed copies of Living With Ghosts (DAW) and The Four Musketeers: the true story of d’Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis and Athos, donated by Kari Sperring
  • A selection of 3 SF books translated from Japanese, donated by Nick Mamatas
  • A copy of Pierre Pevel’s The Cardinal’s Blades (translated from French), donated by Pyr Books
  • A copy of Blood Out of a Stone by Élisabeth Vonarburg (translated from French), donated by Nanopress
  • A copy of Joe R. Lansdale’s Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal (Tachyon)

Full details of the fund raiser are available in this previous post.