Reminder: deadline for mentoring programme 2013

British Centre for Literary Translation Emerging Translator Mentoring Programme 2013

The British Centre for Literary Translation is delighted to announce its second Emerging Translator Mentoring Programme, to run from January 1st to June 30th 2013. The programme is intended for Anglophone translators with promise rather than experience, who are at a stage in their careers when they would benefit from the opportunity to work closely with an experienced mentor over a six month period.

Mentorships will be awarded in fifteen languages, including Welsh, in partnership with Wales Literature Exchange and Translators' House Wales, with the support of Literature Wales.

The thirteen languages for which applications are invited are:

Arabic (mentor PAUL STARKEY)
Danish (mentor BARBARA HAVELAND)
Dutch (mentor DAVID COLMER)
Greek (mentor DAVID CONNOLLY)
Italian (mentor HOWARD CURTIS)
Japanese (mentor MICHAEL EMMERICH)
Norwegian (mentor DON BARTLETT)
Portuguese (mentor MARGARET JULL COSTA)
Russian (mentor ROBERT CHANDLER)
Swedish (mentor SARAH DEATH)
Welsh (mentor TONY BIANCHI)

Mentorships will also be awarded in Chinese (mentor NICKY HARMAN) as part of the Harvill Secker Young Translator’s Prize and in Turkish (mentor for prose MAUREEN FREELY, mentor for poetry SASHA DUGDALE) as part of a translation prize being offered by the British Council in Turkey. These are not open to application as the competitions have already closed.

All enquiries and applications should be made by email to Sarah Bower, Scheme Co-ordinator at We expect most applications to come from translators living and working in the UK, but will consider all applications on their merits.

If you wish to apply, please submit the following:

• A brief, up to date CV
• A statement as to why you believe you would benefit from a mentorship and how you would use it
• A short sample of your translation work (not more than 2000 words) with accompanying notes

The deadline for applications is 31st October 2012 and successful applicants will be informed by 30th November 2012. Mentorships will commence immediately after the New Year holiday.

More information can be found at by following the links.

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