Vondel Translation Prize (Dutch)

The Vondel Translation Prize is a biennial award of €5000 for translation into English of full length Dutch language works of literary merit and general interest.

Named after the most prominent Dutch poet and playwright of the 17th century, Joost van den Vondel, the prize was first awarded in 1996 and is sponsored by the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature.

The winner of the 2019 Vondel Translation Prize was Michele Hutchison for a translation of Stage Four by Sander Kollaard (Amazon Crossing)

The 2021 Vondel Translation Prize Shortlist

Winner:David Doherty

for a translation of Summer Brother by Jaap Robben. (World Editions)

Runner up: David McKay

for a translation of Adrift in the Middle Kingdom by J. Slauerhoff (Handheld Press)


With thanks to judges: Jane Draycott, Michele Hutchison and Susan Massotty.


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Important information

  • No unsolicited submissions are accepted.
  • Awards are given once every two years.
  • The next prize will run in 2023 and will be presented in 2024.
  • Entries must be translations from the Dutch into English.