The Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship will be given in 2023 to enable an American translator to travel, study, or otherwise advance a significant work-in-progress. The Academy invites applications from American translators currently engaged in the translation of twentieth-century Italian poetry. The winning translator will receive an award of $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome.
The winning translator will receive an award of $25,000 and a five-week residency at the American Academy in Rome.
Any translator who meets one of the below criteria on the date of the application deadline, in any given year, is eligible to apply:
resident of the United States for the ten-year period prior to the submission deadline, or
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Legal Permanent Status (LPS), or any subsequent categories designated by the U.S. authorities as conferring similar enhanced status upon non-citizens living in the United States.
Please note: By law the Academy of American Poets must report cash prizes awarded to individuals to the Internal Revenue Service. If individuals have a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), the individual will receive a 1099. If the individual does not have an SSN or ITIN, the individual will receive a 1042 and could be subject to a withholding of a percentage of the cash prize.
The work-in-progress must be a translation into English of twentieth-century and/or twenty-first-century Italian poetry. Only translations of standard Italian are eligible. The original poems may be by a single author or by various authors. The fellowship, however, is an individual award. Collaborations are not eligible.
To apply, a translator must submit a proposal describing the work-in-progress, the applicant’s credentials, and how the fellowship money will be used. Applications should be no longer than five pages double-spaced.
The applicant must verify that he or she has obtained permission to translate the poems specified in his or her application or that the poems are in the public domain.
The translator must submit 15 sample pages of the translation in progress as well as copies of the original poems.