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 into English. In accordance with the mission of Words Without Borders, the awardee is selected on the basis of his or her efforts to build cultural understanding by advancing popular awareness of international writers and literatures. The Ottaway Award is presented each fall at the annual Words Without Borders Gala in New York City. Past awardees are (below, left to right) Drenka Willen, Carol Brown Janeway, and Sara Bershtel.
Nominations for the 2016 Ottaway Award are now open. Please submit nominations through our online form by Monday, February 15, 2016. Only those nominations submitted via our online form will be reviewed.