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Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University

Program Summary

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University annually awards two $2,500 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature. One prize is given for the best translation of a modern work of literature and the other for the best classical literary translation.


Translators of any nationality are welcome to apply. To qualify, works must be book-length translations of Japanese literary works: novels, collections of short stories, literary essays, memoirs, drama, or poetry. Submissions will be judged on the literary merit of the translation and the accuracy with which it reflects the spirit of the Japanese original. Eligible works include unpublished manuscripts, works in press, or books published during the two years prior to the prize year. Applications are accepted from translators or their publishers. Previous winners are ineligible.


$2,500 prize


The application due date is February 15, 2001.

Application and for more information
For detailed eligibility requirements and entry procedures, please contact the Donald Keene Center or download and print out the application form in PDF format

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