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ASTR Translation Prize
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ASTR recognizes that translators and translations make significant contributions to the field of theater and performance on a worldwide scale. To fully acknowledge and promote the scholarly value of translations, beginning in 2021 ASTR will offer an award for an outstanding translation into English of a work in the field of theater and performance studies. Works eligible for consideration would include individual plays, performance texts, collections of plays and/or performance texts, scholarly books, essays, and articles. In its deliberations, the selection committee will take into consideration the different categories of submissions (plays, scholarly books, essays, etc.) and aim to distribute the award equitably among them over a five year award cycle.

The prize will consist of a cash award of $500, a plaque, and free conference registration for that year. The award will be presented to the winning translator(s) at the annual ASTR conference.


The eligible translation/s

  • Must have been published during the previous calendar year in any location around the world.
  • Must be a translation into English from any source language.
  • Can be a single play or performance text, a collection of plays and/or performance texts, a scholarly book, or a scholarly essay/article. Book-length works should include a substantial editorial apparatus that introduces and annotates the translated work, and places it in relevant historical, political, social, and scholarly contexts. Essays or articles should be accompanied by a statement from the author or nominator that introduces the translated work, and places it in relevant historical, political, social, and scholarly contexts.
  • Must be the work of a single translator, or a team of up to (but not exceeding) four collaborating translators.
  • Can represent work by ASTR members as well as non-members.


Authors and/or publishers should send one copy of each book, essay, or article they wish to nominate to each member of the Translation Prize Committee. Publishers may nominate more than one title. Each committee member’s address will be listed on the confirmation page that appears when the nomination form is submitted.


The criteria for evaluating the nominated translations will include the following.

  • The quality of the translation, which demonstrates a command of both source and target languages on the part of the translator, and contains a clear explanation of the principles used in the translation.
  • The strength of the editorial apparatus that introduces, annotates, and contextualizes the translated work.
  • The significance of the translated work to the field of theater and performance studies.


Submissions are due April 20, 2021. Early submission is encouraged.

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