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Looking for new AALITRA Review editors for 2024

Expressions of interest are called for the position of the editor role of The Australian Association for Literary Translation’s peer-reviewed online journal, The AALITRA Review.

The AALITRA Review publishes a variety of high-quality material concerned with literary translation, and translations of literary texts with a critical introduction and commentary by the translator. It hopes to foster a community of literary translators and to be a forum for lively debate concerning
issues related to the translation of literary texts.

Two small issues per year are published, with one large special issue potentially replacing the former in alternating years. The Review’s new editor(s) will work with the journal’s editorial team, which currently includes two co-editors and editorial assistants, as needed. The new editor(s) will be appointed in mid-2023 to provide sufficient time for the current co-editors to provide a handover to the incoming editor(s), who will fully take on the role in 2024. The position is unpaid, and the expected workload for the role is roughly 2-3 hours per week on average.

Expressions of Interest are open until the close of business on Friday 21 April. Those with a PhD in Translation Studies (or near completion) are highly encouraged to apply. Those interested should send a CV and short covering statement, with information on any editorial and publishing experience to the co-editors Lola Sundin (lola.l.sundin@monash.edu) and Cristina Savin (cristina.savin@monash.edu). Successful applicants will be invited for a short interview before the final selection is made.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards — shortlists include AALITRA members

The shortlists for the 2023 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have just been announced.

Thirty-five judges considered a record 850+ original works across 11 categories. A total of $350,000 in prize money will be awarded when the winners are announced at the State Library on Monday 22 May, making these the richest state-funded literary awards in the country.

Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted and we thank everyone who submitted works for this year.


From: https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/awards/nsw-premiers-literary-awards?utm_source=printed%20collateral%20and%20social%20media&utm_medium=online%20and%20offline&utm_campaign=NSW%20Premier%27s%20Literary%20Awards&utm_content=PLA%20shortlists%20announcement_2023%20CID_a2bc862ab93b94483d6dbc50648618ad

HEAT, Australia’s international literary magazine, offers special limited discount


HEAT, Australia’s international literary magazine, has recommenced publishing on a bimonthly schedule.

HEAT is pleased to offer AALITRA members a special limited discount on a new subscription to the magazine.

The next issue, out in February, features translations by Elizabeth Bryer.

From: https://giramondopublishing.com/heat/about/

“HEAT is a controlled intensity. Noise is our enemy, and rubbish, and imposture. We stand for a simple integrity. And for writing which is committed, passionate, innovative and adventurous.”

HEAT is a distinguished Australian literary journal renowned for its dedication to literary quality, and its commitment to publishing innovative and imaginative poetry, fiction, essays, criticism and the hybrid forms.

The W.G.Sebald Lecture 2023: Alberto Manguel

This year’s W.G. Sebald Lecture on literary translation is given by Alberto Manguel, the Argentinian-born, Canadian writer, translator and editor and acclaimed author of The Library at Night and A History of Reading.

His lecture Notes on the Art of Translation, explores Manguel’s thoughts on translation as a form of reading, of writing and of thinking. The translator is the secret sharer in the creation of a text, providing the original with what Borges called ‘a draft in another language’. Translation allows a text to come of age, generation after generation, and to enter a culture different from that of the original creator.

The event will be livestreamed at 16.00–17.30 (BST) and includes a live question and answer session.

The Sebald Lecture 2023 is presented by the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT), in association with the National Centre for Writing and the British Library.

Name: The W.G.Sebald Lecture 2023: Alberto Manguel
Where: Online
When:  – 
Price: Members’ priority booking opens 31 January, general sale 1 February
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

Book here:


Melbourne City of Literature: Residency Briefing in March

Courtesy of Melbourne City of Literature:

We are running a Residency Briefing in March to showcase some of the City of Literature network’s residency programs.

We are delighted to have our colleagues from Barcelona, Gothenburg, Granada, Heidelberg, Krakow, Ljubljana, Nanjing and Norwich presenting their unique residency programs.

Each of the participating Cities will introduce their residency, provide application information, what makes a successful resident and what residents get out of each residency experience. This will be followed up by a short Q&A.

This will be hosted by Alicia Sometimes, a local writer, poet and broadcaster (and a past virtual resident with Manchester City of Literature!)

The briefing will be held 1 March 2023 at 7pm. It will run on Zoom and be about 90 minutes and of course it is free!

Please register if you are interested as there are limited spots available.

Leeuwarden writer-in-residence programme is now open for applications

The period of residency being offered is from 20 March to 15 April 2023.

  • The guest writer will receive an allowance of €2,000 and reimbursement of €35 a day for expenses.
  • The rental costs of the apartment in Leeuwarden will be covered by Leeuwarden UNESCO City of Literature. Travel costs are at the guest writer’s expense.
  • During the residency, you will have a buddy, a fellow writer/poet from Leeuwarden. They will be your first point of contact and will help you find your way around the city and the Frisian literary and cultural sector.

You will reside in a centrally located, fully furnished, luxury apartment. The apartment has air conditioning, wifi, private bathroom and kitchen. A washing machine is at your disposal and the apartment is cleaned weekly.

The deadline to apply is February 20.

The residency includes literary translators.
Participants pay their own travel costs but other expenses are covered.

WWB Announces Momentum Grant for Early-Career Translators

Words Without Borders has announced the first annual Momentum Grant for Early-Career Translators, judged by Anton Hur. The grant aims to support early-career translators seeking to bring international work into the English-language marketplace.

For eligibility guidelines and to submit, visit the Submittable pageSubmissions are due by February 15, 2023.

The grant is intended to facilitate the completion of a substantial sample of a book-length work of prose translation suitable for submission to English-language publishers, and will be awarded to an individual translator who has not yet received a book-length contract for translation work. Words Without Borders particularly welcomes submissions from translators from historically underrepresented cultures and backgrounds.

Submissions will be judged by translator Anton Hur and the editors of Words Without Borders.

An excerpt of the winning sample translation will be published in Words Without Borders, and the recipient will receive $3,000, funded by the Malecha Family Foundation.


We have launched the AALITRA Database of Autralian Literary Translators, intended to help users easily find experienced Australian translators of literary texts.


2023 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants available

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants were established in the summer of 2003 by a gift from Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim in response to the low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Their purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2022 through June 1, 2022.




Date: Thursday 14 April 2022

Time: 5-7pm