Marta Eidsvåg is the winner of the 2016 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize

Harvill Secker is delighted to announce Marta Eidsvåg as the winner of the 2016 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize. Marta was awarded her prize at a reception at International Translation Day on 30th September 2016.

Marta receives £1,000, a selection of Vintage titles, and will take part in a Writers’ Centre Norwich Emerging Translator Mentorship with acclaimed translator and judge of this year’s prize Don Bartlett. Marta will also participate in Crossing Border festival in November 2016.

Marta’s winning translation is also now available to read on the Granta website. 

On receiving her award, Marta said: ‘I am so thrilled and honoured to be getting this incredible opportunity. I have been doing translation for some time now, but this seems an important step towards what I really want to be doing, which is literary translation. Being chosen for this prize is above all else great inspiration and encouragement, especially for someone who translates into a second language.’

Now in its seventh year, the Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize aims to recognise the achievements of young translators at the start of their careers. The prize is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 34, with no restriction on country of residence. This year’s chosen language is Norwegian, and entrants were asked to translate the short story ‘Svømme under vann’ by Merethe Lindstrøm, from her collection of the same name.

The judges – Mariella Frostrup, Joanna Kavenna, Don Bartlett and Ellie Steel – commented: ‘We had a hugely promising and impressive array of entries this year and, for the first time in the prize’s seven-year history, have decided to recommend our full shortlist, who should all be praised for their efforts. Amidst strong competition, we chose Marta’s translation for her brilliant rendering of the relationships between the characters, the atmosphere and momentum of her prose, and her ability to tell the story in English whilst remaining faithful to Merethe Lindstrøm’s original.’

Our runners-up are Dante Cassius, Alice Fletcher, Caroline Jones, Tanjil Rashid, Siri Sjåvik and Hayley Wood.

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