Submit to the Translation Issue of Circus Magazine

 Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2015 

Amherst College’s student art & literary magazine Circus Magazine is putting together a special issue on TRANSLATION this semester. This issue will be open to the entire Five College undergraduate community. We hope to receive submissions that approach the concept of translation from a diverse set of perspectives. We are treating translation as a wide concept, and are open to all art & literary forms (e.g. literary translations, translations between different mediums, ekphrasis, interviews, experimental forms, and non-fiction pieces about translation as an enterprise). 

What is translation anyway? What lies in the future for literary translation? How can we translate visual art into writing and writing into visual art? How can we translate rhythm? Are translators creators? How do we think about literature in different historical contexts (e.g. colonial, postcolonial)? Thinking about urban translation: How can we translate cities and architecture? Is translation increasingly more dependent on technology? Media and translation, translating humor, gender and translation, translating the body and movement -- these and other such interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.

Submissions should not exceed six manuscript pages (standard font and margins). We also strongly encourage you to include a brief note on your translation. The translation should not have been published elsewhere previously, and simultaneous submissions are not accepted. Feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas.

Please submit all work electronically to

Five College Undergraduate Translation Contest!

Amherst College’s Copeland Colloquium, Words in Transit: The Cultures of Translation, is pleased to announce our writing contest in literary translation! All Five College undergraduates are invited to submit. Awards will be given in two categories: fiction and poetry. Our aim with this contest is to encourage undergraduate students to think about translation in creative ways and to rethink the importance of literary translation in contemporary culture.

A $200 prize will be awarded to 1 student each for best translated fiction and best translated poetry. Fiction will be judged by Amity Gaige, Visiting Writer at Amherst College, and poetry will be judged by Daniel Hall, Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College. 

Contest guidelines:

1)    The translation has to be original and should not have been published elsewhere previously. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

2)    The target language must be English.

3)    Please submit one fiction piece, up to 10 pages, or one poem, up to 5 pages.

4)    All translations must be accompanied by a translator’s note (1-2 pages) that introduces your source text and explains the methodology behind your translation. We encourage you to be as specific as possible about the major decisions you’ve made and the challenges you’ve faced along the way to bring a literary work to life in English.

5)    Please send a .doc file, titled "TranslationContest_LastName_FirstName_Category" to no later than March 14, 2015.

6)    Submissions to the contest will also be considered for publication in Circus Magazine.


The winners will be notified in early April.