Every year the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University awards the Kyoko Selden Memorial Prize for unpublished works translated from Japanese by previously published translators as well as emerging translators. Each prize comes with a purse of $1500 and publication in the Asian Pacific Journal Japan Focus. The prize was established to honor the memory of Kyoko Selden, who taught in the program and was herself a prolific translator as well as writer and scholar. This year’s prize for a new work by a previously published translator has gone to Dawn Lawson for her translation of A Famous Flower in Mountain Seclusion (山間の名花) from 1889 by Nakajima Shōen. This work is now available on the Asian Pacific Journal website. Congratulations to Dawn Lawson on being selected for this award!
For information on submitting work for this year’s competition and on past winners of the prize, please visit the Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize website.