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

See below for information about the prize.

 

March 29, 2006

Japan s Imperial Succession Debate and Women s Rights
Globalization's New Underclass: China, the US, Japan and the Changing Face of Inequality
The Flawed Rice Doctrine of 'Transformational Diplomacy' and American Global Policy
Troubling Legacy: World War II Forced Labor by American POWs of the Japanese
Race to the Bottom? Japanese Multinational Firms and the Future of the Lifetime Employment System
Yasukuni Shrine on the Silver Screen: Spirits of the state
China Rivalry Fuels Japan's FTA drive
China's Growing Middle East Role and the Potential for US-China Conflict
Latin America and Asia are Breaking Free of Washington's Grip
Dam shame: Tokyo and Kansai flush with water
Japan Gender Conflict Sparks Censorship Debate
US Asks Japan to Stop Iran Oil Development: Sankei Shinbun
The Iwakuni Referendum and the Future of the U.S. Military Base Realignment Agreement
Shopping at the Village Stall: Japan s new development initiative
The Diene Report on Discrimination and Racism in Japan
Minamata Disease at Fifty
Japan's Fiscal Health Requires Cuts of 27 Trillion Yen
Angkor Wat and Asian Tourism: Hordes bring money, but at what cost?
The Japanese Court, Mitsubishi and Corporate Resistance to Chinese Forced Labor Redress (Japanese translation available))
The US Military Empire at Home and Abroad
The Auteur of Anime
A Dangerous Nuclear Deal With India
Ballistic Missile Defense and the US-Japan Alliance

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and contemporary, and with the aim of making such materials more widely available, we ask that prize submissions be of unpublished translations.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.