Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

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The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, established in 2017, is an annual prize honoring a translated work by a female author published in English by a UK-based or Irish publisher during the previous calendar year. The stated aim of the prize is "to address the gender imbalance in translated literature and to increase the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and Irish readership."[1] The prize is open to works of fiction, poetry, or literary non-fiction, or works of fiction for children or young adults. Only works written by a woman are eligible; the gender of the translator is immaterial. The £1,000 prize is divided evenly between the author and her translator(s), or goes entirely to the translator(s) in cases where the writer is no longer living. The prize is funded and administered by the University of Warwick.


The 2018 shortlist for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation was announced by the University of Warwick. The 2018 winner is in bold.

Shortlisted Title Author Translator(s)
Belladonna Daša Drndić Celia Hawkesworth
Flights Olga Tokarczuk Jennifer Croft
Go Went Gone Jenny Erpenbeck Susan Bernofsky
River Esther Kinsky Iain Galbraith
The House with the Stained-Glass Window Żanna Słoniowska Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The White Book Han Kang Deborah Smith


The 2017 prize was announced in a ceremony at the Warwick Arts Centre on Nov. 15, 2017.[2] The judging panel was composed of Susan Bassnett, Amanda Hopkinson, and Boyd Tonkin, Special Adviser, Man Booker International Prize.

The winner is in bold.

Shortlisted Title Author Translator(s)
Second-hand Time Svetlana Alexievich Bela Shayevich
Swallow Summer Larissa Boehning Lyn Marven
Clementine Loves Red Krystyna Boglar [pl] Antonia Lloyd-Jones and Zosia Krasodomska-Jones
The Coast Road Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh Michael Coady, Peter Fallon, Tom French, Alan Gillis, Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Michelle O’Sullivan, Justin Quinn, Billy Ramsell, Peter Sirr, and David Wheatley
Swallowing Mercury Wioletta Greg Eliza Marciniak
Memoirs of a Polar Bear Yoko Tawada Susan Bernofsky


  1. ^ "The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation". www2.warwick.ac.uk. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. ^ Dugdale, John (17 November 2017). "Going for a gong: the week in literary prizes – roundup". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2018.