This year’s virtual ALTA conference will kick off on the eve of International Translation Day, September 30, 2020, for two and a half weeks of daily events, culminating in a weekend of all-day programming on October 17-18, 2020. The schedule includes a blend of synchronous and asynchronous content, at different times of day to accommodate different time zones. Registration for the conference opened on July 21, 2020.

We know that the COVID-19 health crisis has hit many people’s finances hard, and social isolation has been challenging for us all. Providing a space for our community to come together has rarely felt more important. With this in mind, and with the aim of making participation more feasible for more people, we’ve made some changes to registration this year. We’ve reduced rates, set our base registration at an at-cost price of $100, and introduced tiered pay-what-you-can options. A select few events will also be free and open to the public.

We must also be transparent: the pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to ALTA financially. The conference ordinarily represents nearly half of the organization's total annual income, and we will be struggling to stay in the black this year. So if you or your institution are in a position to pay the usual in-person conference registration rate, we hope you’ll consider registering at $200. Your generosity makes it possible for us to keep registration rates low for everyone. For those who are not in a position to pay the at-cost price, there is the option of a $50 rate.

One thing hasn’t changed: ALTA members still receive discounted registration. Become an ALTA member today for 10% off registration, the ability to propose 45- or 60-minute conference sessions, priority selection for the Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series, and other benefits. Read more and join here. And to the extent that you are able, please give to ensure that ALTA can continue its work.

Registration Rates

Registration includes admission to the full conference, including live events during the conference weekend and all programming leading up to it.

Rate Access to all conference programming and recordings One translation workshop & two exclusive pitch sessions with translation publishers Helps keep registration rates low for everyone

NOTE: ALTA members receive a 10% discount on all $100-$200 priced tickets. To access the member discount, you must be logged into your member account when registering. Registration for tickets at the $125 level closed on August 31.

Workshops and pitch sessions have closed, but registration at the $200 price is open for those who are in a position to pay the usual in-person conference registration rate. 

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Workshops & Pitch Sessions (CLOSED 8/31)

If you register at the $125 or $200 level by August 31, you'll be able to sign up for one online translation workshop and two pitch sessions. Information about how to sign up for a workshop and pitch sessions will be sent to all registrants at these levels on September 1.  

Workshops (CLOSED 8/31)
These 90-minute workshops will be limited to small groups of 6-8 translators, and they are designed to help you develop your translation skills by providing feedback on a section of your work. These workshops will be led by award-winning translators including Susan Bernofsky, Daniel Borzutzky, Jen Calleja, Heather Cleary, Jennifer Croft, Edward Gauvin, William Gregory, Danny Hahn, Kate Hedeen, Bill Johnston, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Achy Obejas, Katrine Øgaard Jensen, Julia Sanches, Deborah Smith, and Jeremy Tiang. Once you’ve signed up for the workshop of your choice, you’ll share a brief text in your translation (1 poem, or 1 double-spaced page of prose) with your workshop leader and the other participants.

Pitch Sessions (CLOSED 8/31)
Pitch sessions are 5-minute meetings with editors of translation presses and journals, where you can pitch a book (for presses) or short translation (for journals) for consideration for publication. Participating presses and journals include Amazon Crossing, And Other Stories, Archipelago Books, co•im•press, The Common, Deep Vellum, Downstate Legacies Undiscovered Americas series, The Feminist Press, Graywolf Press, New Directions, New Vessel Press, Notre Dame Review,  Open Letter Books, Spoon River Poetry Review, Tilted Axis Press, Transit Books, Two Lines Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, Unnamed Press, Veliz Books, Words Without Borders, and World Editions. Registrants will be able to select the editors and publications of their choice when signing up for pitch sessions. 


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Financial Accessibility: To make our programming as accessible as possible during these times, we have also set aside a limited number of $100 discounts, designated for those with financial hardship or who come from communities traditionally underrepresented at ALTA. These registrations will be available via a lottery system. Discounts can be applied towards the $100 tier (for free access to all conference programming) or $125 tier (for access to all conference programming, as well as participation in one workshop and two pitch sessions, for a $25 fee). Please fill out this form by midnight PST on August 24 to be entered in the lottery. (PLEASE NOTE: this form is now closed). ALTA will be in touch by August 26 to let individuals know whether or not they have been selected. 

All presenters, including readers accepted to the Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series, must register for the conference by September 1. In the case of authors reading short excerpts along with the translator in a bilingual reading, registration for the author is waived. If authors would like to view any conference events, they will need to register. Authors presenting as part of an accepted session are required to register for the conference.

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. We do not accept checks or cash. Please also note that registration is non-refundable.

We welcome everyone to our conference and are committed to making our programming and events accessible, and to making arrangements that allow all attendees to participate in the conversation. With questions about access, or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in the ALTA conference, please contact Program Manager Kelsi Vanada (520-621-1757). Learn more about accessibility at ALTA43

Please direct any questions you might have to We are looking forward to coming together and celebrating your work this fall.


Important Dates

July 21, 2020: Online registration opens, and will remain open throughout conference dates
August 24, 2020: Deadline to request a $100 discount via lottery system
August 31, 2020: Registration closes at the $125 level (workshops and pitch sessions close)
October 18, 2020: Final conference day, registration at the $200, $100, and $50 levels closes at 5pm PT