Nominations will be requested from current Professional Members of PEN.

The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation is given every three years to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. The winner is selected by the PEN America Translation Committee.

The award was initiated by funds donated by the late Bernard Malamud and by Gay Talese, and has received additional support from the family and friends of Ralph Manheim. It was named in honor of Ralph Manheim, the prolific and widely acclaimed English translator. Manheim is known for his translation of major German and French works, including those by Bertolt Brecht, Sigmund Freud, Gunther Grass, and Marcel Proust. Click to view past recipients of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation »

If you’re interested in joining the PEN America Translation Committee, write to [email protected].



Submissions for the 2018 awards cycle will be accepted from June 1, 2017 through September 15, 2017. 


  • Nominations may only come from current professional members of PEN. Click here to learn how to join.

NOT eligible:

  • Public nominations


Submission guidelines

Nominations will only be accepted here.