The Department of Comparative Literature is pleased to invite graduating seniors in all departments at the University of Michigan to submit entries for our annual prize in literary translation. This prize is intended to encourage undergraduate students to develop projects (through previous coursework or on their own initiative) in translating a literary text originally written in another language into English. Submissions are due on the last of day of classes for the winter term, and will be judged by a team of faculty members in Comparative Literature. A prize of $500 will be awarded during the week before graduation on May 2, 2015.


1.All seniors graduating in December 2014 or May 2015, and affiliated with any department at the University of Michigan, are eligible to submit a translation.

2. Students may choose to translate into English any literary text (or excerpt of a literary text) that was originally written in any other language and in any literary genre (e.g. fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction).

3. A submission should consist of your own translation (no more than 10 pages), and a brief translator's preface (no more than 5 pages) that introduces the text and author you have translated and explains your method of translation. If you have worked significantly with previously available translations, glosses, or commentaries, please note these in your translator's preface.

4. Please submit your translation in the following format: an email listing your name, your graduation date, your major(s) and minor(s), and the complete title and author of the text you have translated, and an email attachment without your name that includes your translator's preface and your translation without your name along with a copy of the text you have translated in its original language.

5.Your submission should be emailed to, no later than 5pm April 21, 2015. For questions, please contact Paula Frank in the Department of Comparative Literature, 2015 Tisch Hall, University of Michigan.