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Susanna Roth 2017 Translators' Competition - Call for Entries

Czech Centres and the Literary Section of the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI), Prague, announce the 4th year of the International Competition for Young Translators – The Susanna Roth Prize, named after the celebrated Swiss translator Susanna Roth (1950 – 1997) who made a significant contribution to the promotion of contemporary Czech literature abroad.

The competition is open to young translators up to the age of forty*.  The task is to translate a significant extract (cca 10 pages) of as yet untranslated contemporary Czech prose published in the Czech Republic between 2015 - 2016. Previously published extracts are unacceptable. A jury in each country taking part will select one winner.

* excluding previous winners of the Susanna Roth Translation Competition

Jezero  by Bianca Bell (Host, 2016) 

You can download the text here:

A trip to the Czech Republic including specialist seminars.

The translated text (chapter I. Zárodek, pg. 9 – 25) from Bianca Bell‘s Jezero together with a CV and a current photograph should be submitted via email to clarkova@czechcentre.org.uk .  The deadline is 31st March 2017.

The adresses can be found on www.czechcentres.cz/o-nas/sit-cc/ and on www.mzv.cz


  • Closing date for translations: 31st March 2017
  • Results announcement: 15th May 2017
  • Winners` visit to the Czech Republic: summer/autumn 2017

Taťjana Langášková, Czech Centre Programme Department, langaskova@czech.cz
Viktor Debnár, Literary Section, ATI, viktor.debnar@institutumeni.cz

Taťjana Langášková, Manager, Czech Centre Programme Department, langaskova@czech.cz
Viktor Debnár, Manager, Literary Section, ATI, viktor.debnar@institutumeni.cz