The Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature

Named in honor of the first chair of Words without Borders, the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature recognizes individuals who have taken extraordinary steps to advance literature in translation in the United States. In accordance with the mission of Words without Borders, the awardee will be selected on the basis of his or her efforts to build cultural understanding through the publication and promotion of international literature. In 2013, esteemed book editor Drenka Willen received the inaugural Ottaway Award. Read about the first Ottaway Award presentation here. The 2014 award will be presented at our annual gala dinner in New York on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. 

Nomination Instructions

We are currently accepting nominations for the second annual Ottaway Award. We welcome your nomination of an editor, publisher, agent, philanthropist, or other translation advocate who has taken extraordinary steps to advance literature in translation in the United States. Please note that the Ottaway Award is not intended to recognize a particular work or works of translation. All nominations will be kept confidential. Nominations are due to Words without Borders by Friday, May 2, 2014. For more information on how to submit a nomination or if you would like to sponsor a table at the 2014 gala, please contact Karen Phillips at info@wordswithoutborders.org.