ALTA is going to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference! The AWP22 conference will take place March 23-26, 2022, in Philadelphia, PA. Find out more on AWP’s website, and visit ALTA at booth T848!

February 4, 2022 (Tucson, AZ)—The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce it has been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. ALTA is recommended to receive $50,000 and may use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.

As a response to the ongoing controversy around translations of US poet Amanda Gorman’s work into other languages (see Haidee Kotze’s piece on Medium for a thoughtful commentary), ALTA acknowledges that racial equity remains unrealized in the literary translation community, both in and outside of the United States. 

After careful consideration of the ever-evolving situation surrounding the ongoing pandemic, the ALTA staff, Board, and Conference Committee have determined to hold the 2021 ALTA conference jointly online and in person. Conference events will take place throughout the fall in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Humanities, including online workshops and pitch sessions in September, an online weekend on October 15-17, and an in-person weekend on November 11-13 in Tucson.  

Join us as we count down to the ALTA43: In Between awards ceremony with the National Translation Award in Poetry and Prose longlisted titles! We will be featuring the titles in alphabetical order alongside blurbs penned by our judges for the National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose. This year’s judges for prose are Amaia Gabantxo, Emmanuel D. Harris II, and William Maynard Hutchins.

Registration for ALTA43: In Between is open, but registration at the $125 and $200 rates is closing soon, August 31.

When you register at the $125 or $200 levels, you’ll be able to sign up for one online translation workshop and two pitch sessions.

Grieving and outraged, we of the American Literary Translators Association declare our solidarity with Black people in the United States in the fight to defend their rights and to demonstrate against systemic anti-Black violence and oppression by the police and in all forms.

Black lives matter.

The 2020 ALTA awards cycle closes tonight at 11:59pm PT!

The following prizes are still open for submissions: