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AALITRA and The Chinese Studies Association of Australia jointly holding a Chinese-English Translation Competition

The Chinese Studies Association of Australia and The Australian Association for Literary Translation call for submissions to a 2023 Chinese-English Translation Competition.

The Competition considers translations of Chinese texts of any genre or period into English. The length of submissions is 10-15 double-spaced pages of prose or 8-10 double-spaced pages of poetry translated into English.

Submission will also include a commentary of 800 to 1200 words (not included in submission page count) explaining their choice of text and strategies of translation. For examples of commentaries, see AALITRA Review.

Translations of previously translated texts are acceptable only if they are completely novel translations, and the commentary must justify the choice.

The winning entry will receive 250 AUD and be strongly considered for publication in AALITRA Review.

The deadline for entries will be 30 June, 2023 and should be submitted to csaa.members@sydney.edu.au. The winner will be awarded at CSAA Biennial Conference in December 2023.

Eligibility: Australian PRs & citizens or members of CSAA or AALITRA.


  • Will Gatherer (The University of Queensland) Chair
  • Jindan Ni (RMIT)
  • Tin Kei Wong (The University of Adelaide)

Join us: Chinese Studies Association of Australia 18th Biennial Conference 

Date: 7-9 December 2023
Location: The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Call for Papers: Studying Things Chinese: Challenges and Opportunities (Deadline 31 July)

Call for Applications: CSAA Travel Bursaries (Deadline 31 July)

Call for Nominations: CSAA Best Postgraduate Essay Prize (Deadline 1 October)

Call for Nominations: CSAA PhD Thesis Prize for China Studies (Deadline 1 September)

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us on csaa.members@sydney.edu.au .

More info here: https://www.csaa.org.au/2023/02/call-for-submission-2023-csaa-aalitra-chinese-english-translation-competition/#:~:text=The%20winning%20entry%20will%20receive,at%20CSAA%20in%20December%202023.

Best of Mariano Coreno. Event in Italian and in English

The Dante Alighieri Society and COASIT invite you to an evening of poetry in Italian and in English.

Tuesday 6 June 2023, 6,30-9pm
COASIT, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053

This event celebrates the book launch of Best of Mariano Coreno, Italian Poet in Australia.
A selection of new poems and the most loved poems from six of his books will be presented, all with new English poetry translations by Jack Taylor with the participation of the poet.
Jack Taylor presents the English part of the book.
With Kavisha Mazzella, AM, singer, and Benedetta Ferrara.
Readings by Rosaria Mazzarotta.
Registration essential here:

Rhyme and Reason in Dante and the Difficulty of Translation A talk by Simon West



AALITRA, in association with COASIT and the Dante Alighieri Society, presents

Rhyme and Reason in Dante and the Difficulty of Translation A talk by Simon West

COASIT, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton

Tuesday 13 June 2023, 6.30-8pm

Free event. Booking essential here


There’s no rhyme or reason to it, we sometimes say, as if rhyme and reason were two distinct modes of thought. This talk explores the role of rhyme in Dante’s Divine Comedy and poetry more widely, and the challenges of ’non-reasonable’ discourse for translation.


Simon West is the author of five collections of poetry, including Carol and Ahoy, published in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poetsand The Ladder, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. He is also the author of Dear Muses? Essays in Poetry and the editor and translator of The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti. He lives in Melbourne.


Image: Dante holding the Divine Comedy with scenes from the Divine Comedy and Florence in the background. Fresco by Domenico di Michelino, Florence, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

Asymptote: Call For Submissions – Indonesian Special Feature

For our Summer 2023 issue, we are thrilled to partner with the Lontar Foundation to host a showcase of contemporary writing from the Indonesian—specifically literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—to demonstrate the wealth that Indonesian Literature has to offer to the English-speaking world. Translators and authors whose work is featured in this showcase will each be paid USD80 per article. As with all sponsored showcases, submission fees will be waived; optional feedback can be requested for a fee of USD10. For translated prose, send up to 5,000 words; for poetry, up to 20 pages. Please include the original texts along with your translations. General guidelines below apply. Submit your best work via Submittable, and only if this is absolutely not possible, via email at editors@asymptotejournal.com with the subject header “INDONESIAN FEATURE”. Deadline: May 1st, 2023



The SALT Project to Promote South Asian Literature in Translation

The SALT Project will help bring the extraordinarily rich literature of the subcontinent to readers, writers, and scholars in publishing markets where it has been severely underrepresented.  https://salc.uchicago.edu/salt-project

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.