Becker Prize

A.L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize

The A.L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize recognizes an outstanding English translation of a work of Southeast Asian literature from any country of the region (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Viet Nam).

Works translated from any Southeast Asian language are eligible. The Prize recognizes the importance of works of translation in teaching about the region. Any translation, published in any format, from a work that may be broadly defined as literature within the norms of the country of publication is eligible. The translator need not be a member of the AAS.

The Prize was established in 2011 and is awarded triennially. There is no Becker Prize competition for 2020; the next Becker Prize will be awarded in 2022. More information will be posted in spring 2021.

2019 Award

Stuart RobsonThe Old Javanese Ramayana: A New English Translation, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies