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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Alma Durham Awards

The Department of Italian at Durham University and Alma Books were proud to support translations of Italian literary texts into English with the Alma Durham Translation Award 2014.

The translation award had two main objectives:

  • Supporting talented literary undergraduate and postgraduate translators from Italian into English.
  • Promoting classic and contemporary Italian literature to a wider English-speaking audience.

This award was for a 4,000-word literary translation from Italian into English by an undergraduate or postgraduate student currently enrolled in a Higher Educational Institution in the United Kingdom.

There were three awards given: first place, £500 pounds; second place, £300 pounds; third place, £200 pounds.


  • Any undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a Higher Educational Institution in the United Kingdom.
  • Translators may be of any nationality.
  • There are no restrictions on the subject matter of translated works, provided that the eligible works should be literary in nature. Scientific, technical, or bibliographical translations will not be considered. 
  • Multiple submissions are not allowed.


The first-place, second-place, and third-place winners were announced at the 2014 Ceremony held in London, where they were given cheques by the Executive Directors of the Prize.