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Competition for Estonian-Latvian and Latvian-Estonian translation prize declared open

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 22.12.2011.Print version
For the third time already, the Estonian minister of foreign affairs Urmas Paet and his Latvian colleague Edgars Rinkevics will announce a contest for the Estonian-Latvian and Latvian-Estonian translation prize, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

The objective of the prize is to recognize the best translators. The winner of the contest will be determined in February 2012, writes LETA.


According to minister Paet, during the two previous years, the award was won by Latvian translators.


"Hopefully, this year we will be able to recognise some Estonian translators for introducing Latvian literature to Estonian readers," he said.


The translation prize emphasises the importance of cultural exchange between Estonia and Latvia in order to promote the expertness of translators who translate literary fiction as well as political, historic, sociological text and other texts.


The prize is worth 3,000 euros and Estonia and Latvia contribute equally in it. The jury includes representatives of both countries’ ministries of foreign affairs as well as heads of literary information centers of the two countries.


The agreement for establishing the prize was signed by Estonian minister Urmas Paet and Latvian minister of foreign affairs Maris Riekstins on February 18, 2009.


In 2009, the prize was won by Latvian translator Maima Grinberga and in 2010, Guntars Godins.


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