Lunch Ticket is
honored to host the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual
Texts. The Gabo Prize is funded by writers, translators, and Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Alumni Allie Marini and Jennifer McCharen, who launched the prize to support the work of peer translators.
Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting for the Gabo Prize. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.
We review Gabo Prize submissions in February
Prize Submission Guidelines (additional translation guidelines below):
Please submit once per
Gabo Prize submission period.
Gabo Prize submissions are also considered for our standard Translation &
Multilingual Texts section.
you have been a winner or finalist for the Gabo Prize, please wait one year
before submitting again.
submissions at Lunch Ticket are
read blind in the first round. Any submissions with identifying information will be
returned without consideration.
prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.
include a word count at the top of your piece – we accept prose up to
- Poems, we understand,
follow their own formatting rules. When in doubt, use 12-pt Times New
Roman font; please submit no more than ten pages of poems.
do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published
elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
do not accept previously published work.
Prize winners receive $200 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Two finalists will also be
published in each issue.
look forward to sampling your work!
*For literary translation, please use these additional
- Include a statement about
your translation process (translator’s statement) in your cover letter.
- Include the original work along with your
Include a statement that grants us permission to publish both the original work
and the translation online, and that certifies that you have received
permission from the original rights holder (either the publisher or the author,
as applicable) to grant us such rights.
The Gabo Prize is dedicated to upholding
the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics, defined as
CLMP’s community of independent literary
publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect
writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent
to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the
foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our
contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the
part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific
contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This
Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but
that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce
our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our
contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
family, and associates of the judges are not eligible for consideration for the