Paper Brigade Award for New Israeli Fic­tion in Hon­or of Jane Weitzman

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the inau­gur­al win­ner of the Paper Brigade Award for New Israeli Fic­tion in Hon­or of Jane Weitz­man: Maya Arad (Our Lady of Kazan), select­ed by guest judge and trans­la­tor Jes­si­ca Cohen. A selec­tion from the win­ning title can be found in the 2019 edi­tion of Paper Brigade.

This award seeks to hon­or an out­stand­ing short work or excerpt of Israeli fic­tion pub­lished in Hebrew. Each year, JBC fea­tures a guest trans­la­tor who works along­side Jew­ish Book Coun­cil to review nom­i­nees and ulti­mate­ly trans­late the win­ning selec­tion. The win­ning selec­tion is trans­lat­ed into Eng­lish and pub­lished in both the orig­i­nal Hebrew and the trans­lat­ed Eng­lish in Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s annu­al lit­er­ary jour­nal, Paper Brigade. The 2018 guest trans­la­tor and judge was Jes­si­ca Cohen. 

The goals of this prize are to intro­duce Amer­i­can read­ers to new Israeli writ­ers; to help Israeli writ­ers gain access to the Amer­i­can mar­ket; and to inter­est Amer­i­can pub­lish­ers in pub­lish­ing new Israeli fiction.