March 1, 2021
Robert E. Norton
John E. Woods
The ATA Ungar German Translation Award is bestowed biennially in odd-numbered years for a distinguished literary translation from German into English.
Who was Frederick Ungar?
Frederick Ungar was a publisher and translator for 65 years and the 1975 ATA Gode Medal recipient. He fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in the U.S., where he founded the Frederick Ungar Publishing Company in New York City in 1940. His company published translations to further the cause of world literature and international communication.
How to Apply
To be eligible for the award, the translation must be from German into English and must have been published in the United States January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. The published translation must list the translator’s name on the title page and preferably on the dust jacket. Preference will be given to published works that provide biographical information about the translator. The translator does not have to be an ATA member; however, the translator should have a strong connection with the U.S. through citizenship or permanent residence.
The nomination must be submitted by the publisher of the work and must include the following:
- Cover letter with complete publication information for the work being nominated, including the date of publication.
- Brief vita of the translator, including place of residence and contact information.
- Three copies of the nominated work with one extra copy of the dust jacket.
- Three copies of 10 consecutive pages from the original work, keyed to the page numbers of the translation. Please do not staple. If providing a dual-language work, copies are still required.
- Three copies of the translated pages that correspond to the 10 consecutive pages provided from the original work. Please do not staple. If providing a dual-language work, copies are still required.
Publishers are encouraged to submit nominations early. Entries must be received in full by ATA before the nomination deadline. Partial entries or entries received after the deadline will be disqualified.
- Presentation of the Ungar German Translation Award at the ATA Annual Conference
- $1,000 cash
- Up to $500 toward expenses for attending the ATA Annual Conference
Please send nominations to:
Karen M. Tkaczyk, Chair
ATA Honors & Awards Committee
American Translators Association
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 590
Alexandria, VA 22314