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Past Recipients


  • Ardashis Kashishian, University of Toronto


  • Abdelrahman Mahmoud (Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University) Advanced Level. Click here to read his work.


  • Morgan Tufan (Stanford University)

  • Gong Chen (Princeton University)


  • Caleb Shelburne (Harvard University)

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AATT is pleased to announce the Walter G. Andrews Ottoman Turkish Translation competition for the two best translations of an Ottoman archival/historical or literary work into English. A prize of $250 will be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student who has taken one or two semesters of Ottoman Turkish in a university setting in the previous academic year or participated in an Ottoman Turkish summer program and who has submitted the most successful portfolio. A second prize of $250 will be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student who has taken three or more semesters/summer programs of Ottoman Turkish in a university setting and will compete in an advanced proficiency level. 

Conditions of Entry

  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree program at an institution of a higher education in the US or Canada. Graduate students, undergraduates are all welcome to participate.

  • Applicants must be non-native speakers of Turkish - i.e. high school and/or university graduates in Turkey, Azerbaijan or a Turkish-language university elsewhere are not eligible- and must have taken at least one semester of Ottoman Turkish with a passing grade. Heritage speakers whose formal education has occurred in the US and Canada are welcome to compete. 

Rules of Submission

  • The translation must be from Ottoman Turkish into English. Works from any genre and period, including printed texts and handwritten archival materials, will be considered.

  • Translations and transcriptions must be the original work of the applicant only and not a copy or substantial copy of someone else’s translation. It must not have been previously published (including on social media), and not have been submitted as coursework.

  • Only one submission per entrant is allowed for each iteration of the award, and each project should be submitted only once and may not be resubmitted in subsequent years.

Portfolio for submission should consist of:

  • Original Ottoman text

  • Transcription into modern Turkish alphabet

  • Translation into English

  • Critical reflection

  • Signed entry form

and must be sent for competition in both electronically (in .pdf format) and hard copy.

       Dr. Nilüfer Hatemi
       Princeton University
       Department of NES
       110 Jones Hall
       Princeton, NJ 08544

  • The competitor’s name must not appear anywhere except for the entry form.

  • The length of the original Ottoman source should not exceed 500 words; longer submissions will not be considered.

  • The critical reflection of no more than 300 words should explain why the particular Ottoman text was chosen, what principles were employed in the translation, briefly covering issues encountered (formal/stylistic features, cultural- or period-specific challenges, consideration of audience) and the competitor’s priorities.

  • The translation, transcription and critical reflection should be typed with 12-point font (Times, Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambria) double-spaced lines, and printed on one side only of standard letter-size paper.

Deadline: June 30

The Award Committee:

  • The Walter G. Andrews Ottoman Turkish Translation Award will be administered by the AATT Executive Board. The entries will be judged by a panel of academicians and experts in the field comprising the Award Committee.

  • The Award Committee will consist of five eligible members.

  • The selection of eligible members is directly connected to the need for representation of all genres and periods on the committee.

  • At the end of each competition, at least one committee member will be rotating off and replaced. No committee member may serve for more than six consecutive terms.

  • Appointment of the Award Committee takes place at the AATT Board Meeting in January. The President of the AATT will ask members of the Board to appoint a committee chair and make suggestions for five members to the committee, with disciplinary representation as a basis for their selection.

  • The chair will organize and facilitate the award committee’s work but will not take part in the evaluation process. Members of the Award Committee must review its procedures and decide an appropriate timetable for its work.


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