The Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation

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By Victoria Khroundina | February 6, 2015

Established to encourage translation of modern and contemporary Turkish poetry into English, submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation. 

Organised within the scope of the Seventh Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 26 at Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, North Carolina, the award is named after the late Turkish poet and columnist Meral Divitçi and was established by her family members, Charlotte and Nezih Divitçi. 

The judging panel comprises Aron Aji, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St Ambrose University and the Director, MFA in the Translation Program, University of Iowa; Erdağ Göknar, the Associate Professor of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University; and Sidney Wade, Professor in the Department of English, University of Florida. 

The award includes a cash prize of US$1,000 and publication in the official Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival book. Click here for the submission guidelines. The deadline is March 1, 2015. Please email submissions to 

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