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The German-Italian Literary Translation Prize

The German-Italian Literary Translation Prize is organised by the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) together with the Italian Ministry of Culture (MiC) and is awarded in cooperation with the German Academy in Rome Villa Massimo, the Goethe House, the Goethe-Institut in Rome, the Italian Institute for German Studies, the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin, the Italian Embassy and the Literarisches Colloquium in Berlin.  Every two years, the prize is awarded alternately to an important translation from German into Italian or from Italian into German. In the intervening years, workshops for translators are held alternately in Berlin and Rome. The prize money for the best translation is €10,000. In addition, a Debut Prize is awarded for a stay in Germany. The 13th edition of the Prize, which will be awarded for the translation of a German literary work into Italian, will take place in spring 2022 at the German Academy in Rome Villa Massimo.

Conditions for participation

Eligible for the Prize are translations from German into Italian

that fall into the fiction category (excluding essays and children’s books),

which have been published by a publishing house in Italy since 2018 or are due to be published in 2021. Only the quality of the translation will be assessed and rewarded. Entries can be sent until 30 November 2021 (date of postmark or receipt of e-mail). Both publishers and translators are strongly encouraged to submit works that meet the above-mentioned requirements.


To enter the competition, translations must be sent in seven copies to the following address:

Goethe-Institut Rom

German-Italian Literary Translation Prize

c/o Antonella Perin

Via Savoia, 15

00198 Rome

or in PDF format by e-mail to:

Please also send a brief presentation of the translator with a list of literary translations published to date to the above e-mail address.

For further information, please contact:

Tel. +39 06 8440051