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 his or her work. 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. The winner is selected by the PEN America Translation Committee.

This award 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. 

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Eligibility and Submissions for the 2015 Awards

Submissions are closed. This award will be offered again in 2018. Please check back in mid-2017 for submission details for the 2018 award.


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