Since 1986, the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University has combined public outreach with interdisciplinary scholarship to introduce Japanese culture, in all its depth and diversity, to new audiences.
To that end, the center welcomes applications for two annual programs:
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature — Through the program, a prize of up to $6,000 will be awarded for the best translation of a modern or classical Japanese or work. The prize may be divided between equally distinguished translations. To be eligible, translators must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
The Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prizes and Grants — Through the program, a total of $6,000 in prizes and grants will be awarded to outstanding translations by non-citizens or non-permanent residents of the United States for translations of particular scholarly merit or significance; promising translations-in-progress; subventions for forthcoming publication of especially deserving translations; and/or, in rare cases, lifetime achievement awards for translators with particularly distinguished careers.
To be eligible, translations must be of book-length Japanese works (novels, collections of short stories, manga, essays, memoirs, drama, or poetry). Submissions may be unpublished manuscripts, works in progress, or books published during the two years prior to the prize year (for the current prize, this means publication dates in 2018 and after).
The submission process for both programs is the same.
See the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previous awardees.