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08 May 2015

Asymptote international literary translation journal


Asymptote is an exciting international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing. It is interested in encounters between languages and the consequences of these encounters.

Asymptote was awarded the London Book Fair’s 2015 International Literary Translation Initiative Award. The prize is designed to showcase publishing innovation around the word.  The award is presented to the organisation that the committee considers to have “succeeded in raising the profile of literature in translation, promoting literary translators, and encouraging new translators and translated works,” whose scope of achievement lies outside of the UK.

Shortlisted alongside the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Paper Republic (China), Asymptote’s recognition reinforces its status as an innovative audio-visual platform showcasing the most exciting writing from around the world. This is the first time that a Singaporean organisation has been nominated for, as well as won, an award at the London Book Fair.

asymptoteAsymptote welcomes submissions of translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama; certain types of original English-language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing; as well as visual art.

Every quarter, the journal showcases two Special Features: the first a Writers on Writers Feature, in which overlooked non-English writers are concisely introduced and the second a wildcard Feature that varies from issue to issue.

Upcoming Special Feature - JULY 2015 issue: Multilingual Writing 

Writers on Writers Feature:  For the other special feature in these and all other issues, we continue to invite, as always, essays (written in English, passionately, in fewer than 2,500 words) about a relatively unknown author writing in a language other than English who deserves more attention from the English-speaking world. Rolling deadline.