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The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

See below for information about the prize.

 

July 06, 2005

Breaking the Impasse in Japan-Russia Relations
Japan's Surrender Decision and the Monarchy: Staying the Course in an Unwinnable War
Where the Wild Things Are: The Miyazaki Menagerie
Japan Joins U.S. in Dangerous Space Race
North Korea, Iran and the United States: the Dangerous Games Nations Play
Chinese Forced Labor, the Japanese Government and the Prospects for Redress
Imitating the Colonizers: The Legacy of the Disciplining State from Manchukuo to South Korea
Negotiating With North Korea
Out of Kilter: Japan's Flawed Nuclear Disarmament Approach and the NPT
Yasukuni: Behind the Torii: From government-run shrine for war heroes to bone of contention
What is Japanese Tradition?
War-bereaved Families' Dilemma: thoughts on Japan's war
Nagasaki 1945: While Independents Were Scorned, Embed Won Pulitzer (Japanese translation available)
Reflections on Hiroshima and the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Freedom of the Press U.S. Style on Okinawa
A North Korean Visitor to the White House
Music as Weapon: Ainu musician fights for cultural survival
Kyoto Korea Town fights for survival
North Korea Coming in from the Cold
Disgraced Mainichi Journalist Reopens 30-year-old Scandal Over Okinawa Reversion
Hirohito and History: Japanese and American Perspectives on the Emperor and World War II in Asia
India, China, the U.S. and the Balance of Power in the Indian Ocean
Japan's Kamikaze Pilots and Contemporary Suicide Bombers: War and Terror
The Allied Occupation of Japan - an Australian View
The Dead Bedevil Japan-Korea Relations
Dokdo Is Korean Territory
Re-writing the Past/ Re-Claiming the Future: Nationalism and the Politics of Anti-Americanism in South Korea
The "Comfort Women" Controversy: History and Testimony
Legacy of Japanese island's World War II poison-gas plant lives on

The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University is pleased to announce the 2019 prize honoring the life and work of our colleague, Kyoko Selden. The prize will pay homage to the finest achievements in Japanese literature, thought, and society through the medium of translation. Kyoko Selden's translations and writings ranged widely across such realms as Japanese women writers, Japanese art and aesthetics, the atomic bomb experience, Ainu and Okinawan life and culture, historical and contemporary literature, poetry and prose, and early education (the Suzuki method). Recognizing the breadth of Japanese writings, classical and contemporary, and with the aim of making such materials more widely available, we ask that prize submissions be of unpublished translations. Collaborative translations are welcomed. In order to encourage classroom use and wide dissemination of the winning entries, prize-winning translations will be made freely available on the web. The winning translations will be published online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Prize selections will take into account both the quality of the translation and the significance of the original work. In cases where a text already published in English is deemed worthy of retranslation, new translations of significant texts are accepted (please provide date and place of earlier publication). Applicants should submit the following hard copies to the Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize, Department of Asian Studies, 350 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853:

  • 1 copy of an unpublished translation
  • 1 copy of a statement of up to 1,000 words explaining the significance of the text. Although we do not require that the translator has already obtained permission to publish the translation from the copyright holder, please include in the statement information about whether preliminary inquiries have been made or whether or not the work is in the public domain.
  • 1 printed copy of the original Japanese text
  • A brief c.v. of the translator
  • In addition, please send electronic copies of all the above as attachments to seldenprize@cornell.edu.

The maximum length of a submission is 20,000 words. In case

of translation of longer works, submit an excerpt of up to 20,000 words. Repeat submissions are welcomed. Please note that

the closing date for the prize competition this year will be August 1, 2019. For the 2019 competition, one prize of $1,500 will be awarded in two different categories:

1) to an already published translator; 2) to an unpublished translator. The winners will be informed by November 1, 2019.

For further information, please visit the Asian Studies website or send questions to seldenprize@cornell.edu.