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Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature


Translations must be of book-length Japanese literary works: novels, collections of short stories, manga, literary essays, memoirs, drama, or poetry. Submissions may be unpublished manuscripts, works in press, or books published during the two years prior to the prize year (for the 2018-2019 prize, this means publication dates in 2016 and afterward). Translators must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Prior recipients of the award are eligible to submit new translations.

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  • CheckmarkMust attend a university, a four-year college, two-year college or a vocational-tech school
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