Translation Prize

  • Best English translation

    With the aim of elevating awareness and appreciation of Spanish literature in the United States, this $10,000 prize has been created by the Cultural Committee and Board of Directors of Spanish Institute to honor the best English-language translation of a work of fiction written in Castilian by a Spanish author and published by an American imprint. The inaugural award, celebrating the best translation published between 2006 and 2008, was given in 2010 to Dr. Edith Grossman for her 2008 translation of Antonio Muñoz Molina's A Manuscript of Ashes.



    2006 – 2008 (Inaugural Prize, awarded February 2010):
    Dr. Edith Grossman – A Manuscript of Ashes by Antonio Muñoz Molina


    Reading Committee

    Dr. Edith Grossman, winner of the Inaugural Spanish Institute Translation Prize, is a distinguished translator and critic of contemporary Latin American and Spanish writers, among them Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Carlos Fuentes. Her recent honors include the 2006 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. Dr. Grossman’s 2003 translation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote is considered by such critics as Harold Bloom to be the best English translation to date, and her 2010 volume Why Translation Matters (Yale University Press) was received with glowing praise by the New York Times Book Review.

     Esther Allen is the author of an International PEN report on Translation and Globalization. Allen's translations include The Selected Writings of José Martí, Lands of Memory by Felisberto Hernández, Dark Back of Time by Javier Marías, The Tale of the Rose by Consuelo de Saint Exupèry, Alma Guillermoprieto’s Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, and, most recently, The Nubian Prince by Juan Bonilla. Allen is the co-director of PEN World Voices and an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature at Baruch College. She has recently been awarded a 2009-2010 Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Her project, which she has already begun, is the English translation of the Spanish book ‘Borges’ by Adolfo Bioy Casares.

     Margaret Carson’s recent translations include the 19th-century gaucho play Juan Moreira, as well as 20th-century works by Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera and Argentine playwright Griselda Gambaro.  She holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, and a M.A. from New York University in Spanish Literature.


Cover photo of a novel, A Manuscript of Ashes,
written by Antonio Munoz Molina.
Translated by Edith Gross, winner of the 2010 Translation Prize.
Photo by Robert Polidori