Translators interested in applying should send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
(subject line: Online Certificate in Applied Literary Translation) by July 1, 2013.
1. Curriculum Vitae, including employment history
2. A letter of intent detailing:
- Qualifications, with an eye toward demonstrating that the applicant has the necessary translation skills to benefit from this program
- An in-depth knowledge of the historical roots of the literary aesthetic represented in Dalkey Archive book
- A brief list of the applicant’s favorite authors and authors most interested in translating
- Evidence of a substantial reading background in the applicant's chosen language(s)
- 3 sample translations of fiction from the applicant’s language(s) of specialization(translations of poetry or nonfiction may not be included in place of a fiction sample).
3. Contact information for three references familiar with applicant’s background and
abilities in the field of literary translation.
Applicants should follow the guidelines below very carefully:
1. Samples should consist of the first pages of a published novel or short story only.
2. Samples should not be from books that have already been translated and published
3. Each sample should be 5 to 10 pages long.
4. Do not include the original-language versions of your samples.
5. Complete applications, including all above-mentioned materials, should be sent via
e-mail as a single .pdf file only (no other formats will be read) labeled with the
applicant’s name (i.e., lastnamefirstname.pdf).
6. Within this file, application materials should be ordered as follows: CV, letter of
intent, 3 samples, 3 references.
7. Letters of intent should not be sent in the body of the e-mail, but should be part of
the application file. No substantial information should be included in the body of the
The admissions process will quite likely include an interview. Emphasis will be placed on
readiness to benefit from this online program rather than on academic experience or
degrees. Applicants who have in-depth knowledge of Dalkey Archive’s books and
general aesthetic will be given preference.
The fee for the program is $6,000 due at the time of acceptance. This fee may be
partially or fully offset by grants awarded by funding agencies for enrollees who
complete a publishable translation. Such grants are payable upon publication of the participant’s book-length translation.
Announcement of Results
Admissions announcements will be made within two weeks following the deadline.
* Any questions or requests concerning the application process and program should besent to Elizabeth Lowe, Director, Center for Translation Studies, email@example.com