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Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards

Established in 1995, this award recognizes outstanding translations into English of modern Italian poetry through a $5,000 book prize and a $25,000 fellowship, given in alternating years. The fellowship is given to enable an American translator to travel, study, or otherwise advance a significant work-in-progress. The winner of the fellowship also receives a residency at the American Academy in Rome.

Submissions for the fellowship are accepted in even-numbered years from September 1 to December 31, and an entry form is required. To obtain the guidelines and entry form for the fellowship, please follow the links below or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Academy. In odd-numbered years, submissions for the book prize are accepted from Septemeber 1 to December 31.

The judges for the 2009 Fellowship are Sarah Arvio, Emanuel Di Pasquale, and Micheal Moore.

The Raiziss/ de Palchi Translation Awards Fund was established through a bequest to The New York Community Trust by Sonia Raiziss Giop, a poet, translator, and long-time editor of Chelsea. The Trust has selected the Academy to administer the award.

guidelines and entry form

Winners & Judges

Year & Award Translator Book Judges
2008 Book Award Patrick Barron The Selected Poetry and Prose of Andrea Zanzotto Eamon Grennan, Michael F. Moore, and Emanuel di Pasquale
2006 Fellowship Adria Bernardi Small Talk, by Rafaello Baldini Geoffrey Brock, Eamon Grennan, and Stephen Sartarelli
2005 Book Prize John DuVal Tales of Trilussa, by Carlo Alberto Salustri Geoffrey Brock, Charles Martin, and Michael Palma
2004 Fellowship Ann Snodgrass Selected Poems of Vittorio Sereni Phillis Levin, Charles Martin, Michael Palma
2003 Book Prize Andrew Frisardi The Selected Poems of Giuseppe Ungaretti Phillis Levin, Rosanna Warren
2002 Fellowship Michael Palma Selected Poems of Giovanni Raboni Alfredo de Palchi, Dana Gioia, Rosanna Warren
2001 Book Prize Stephen Sartarelli Songbook: The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba Alfredo de Palchi, Dana Gioia, Charles Wright
2000 Fellowship Emanuel di Pasquale Sharing a Trip: Selected Poems, by Silvio Ramat Alfredo de Palchi, Paolo Valesio, Charles Wright
1999 Book Prize John P. Welle and Ruth Feldman Peasants Wake for Fellini's Casanova, by Andrea Zanzotto Alfredo de Palchi, Jonathan Galassi, Paolo Valesio
1998 Fellowship Geoffrey Brock Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950, by Cesare Pavese Alfredo de Palchi, Jonathan Galassi, William Jay Smith
1997 Book Prize Michael Palma The Man I Pretend to Be: The Colloquies and Selected Poems of Guido Gozzano Alfredo de Palchi, Jonathan Galassi, William Jay Smith
1996 Fellowship Anthony Molino Esercizi di tiptologia, by Valerio Magrelli Alfredo de Palchi, Jonathan Galassi, Rosanna Warren
1996 Book Prize W. S. Di Piero This Strange Joy: Selected Poems of Sandro Penna Alfredo de Palchi, Jonathan Galassi, Rosanna Warren
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