Founded in 2003, Words Without Borders fosters cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. We seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation. 

The Ottaway Award 
Named in honor of the first chair of Words Without Borders, the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature recognizes individuals who have taken extraordinary steps to advance literature in translation into English. In accordance with the mission of Words Without Borders, the awardee will be selected on the basis of his or her efforts to build cultural understanding by advancing popular awareness of international writers and literatures. 

The Ottaway Award is presented each fall at the annual Words Without Borders Gala in New York City. 

Past awardees were Drenka Willen, Carol Brown Janeway, Sara Bershtel, and Barbara Epler. 

We welcome nominations of individuals from the fields of publishing, media, academia, philanthropy, film, and theater who have served as advocates for international literature in translation into English. Please note that the Ottaway Award is not intended to recognize a particular work or works of translation. All nominations are confidential.

Completed forms are due by Monday, March 6, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. The recipient will be announced in spring 2017 and will be honored at the Words Without Borders Gala on November 1, 2017.