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15 Giveaways and Discounts for Women in Translation Month

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M. Lynx Qualey

Staff Writer

M. Lynx Qualey is the founder of, a website that brings together translators, authors, publishers, critics, academics, and readers around discussions of Arabic literature in translation. She works as a book critic, reader, editor, and ghostwriter. You can follow her at @arablit.

August is Women in Translation Month (#WiTMonth). Launched by literary blogger Meytal Radzinski, #WiTMonth is part celebration, part assessment of the ways in which women’s works are underrepresented in translation.

Now in its sixth year, #WiTMonth has blossomed. Dozens of bookshops, libraries, writers, critics, and publishers are taking part. Among other things, this has led to #WiTMonth discounts and giveaways.

These are a few.


1. Deep Vellum Press promises to gift “Deep Vellum titles to four lucky followers! Simply tag us in a post about which of these titles you’d like to receive. Winner announced August 31.”

The titles: Recitation, Blood Sisters, Sphinx, Eve Out of Her Ruins.

Enter at @DeepVellum.

2. Soft Skull Press writes: “We’re celebrating the start of #WITMonth with a giveaway on our IG of copies of The Lonesome Bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya and Parade by Hiromi Kawakami. The latter isn’t even out yet!”

Enter at @softskull or through their Instagram.

3. ArabLit Quarterly is giving away copies of South Sudanese author Stella Gaitano’s short-story collection, Withered Flowersin Arabic or in translation by Anthony Calderbank.

More information at ArabLit.

4.  Translation and International Manager @EnglishPEN, Will Forrester, announced: “We’re giving away 3 bundles of 5 books in translation by womxn for #WITMonth – head over to Instagram to enter our giveaway!”

More on Instagram.

5. Irish writer Rónán Hession is offering his own generous #WiTMonth giveaway. He asks followers to: “1 Post a pic of your #WITMonth read in response to this tweet 2 Say a few words about it 3 Tag #WITMonth 4 Name the translator.”

He adds: “At end August I’ll buy a set of 2019 @CharcoPress books for one of you (value £50).”

More on Twitter.

6. Seven Stories Press is giving away three books by women: “To kick off #WITMonth, we’re giving away five bundles of some of our favorite works in translation: Assia Djebar’s ALGERIAN WHITE Annie Ernaux’s THE YEARS Guadalupe Nettel’s NATURAL HISTORIES.”

Enter through MailChimp.

7. Rixdorf Editions promises: “We will send you a free PDF of our latest title, ‘The Nights of Tino of Baghdad’ by Else Lasker-Schüler (tr. James J. Conway), just for signing up to our mailing list.”

Sign up on their website.

8. Scribe UK writes: “It’s #WITMonth and #TheEighthLife‘s release is just around the corner — so it’s time for a giveaway! Follow and RT this to win one of the last remaining proofs of Nino Haratischvili’s Georgian epic, translated by @cctranslates and @the_germanist — plus some bonus hot chocolate!”

More on Twitter.

9. Columbia University Press doesn’t specify exactly what they’ll be giving away, but they promise: “August is #WomenInTranslationMonth and the @ColumbiaUP blog will be celebrating all month with giveaways, excerpts, guests posts featuring the #RussianLibrary series, and more.”

More at the CUP blog.


1. Open Letter Books is offering a 40% discount on translated books by women during #WiTMonth. More here.

2. Blackwell’s Bradford is offering a very specific discount: “As August is Women in Translation Month, we’ve got a selection of great titles available with £2 OFF! #WITMonth (Offer only available in the @UniofBradford shop in the Richmond Building.) More here.

3. Brow Books is offering: “Special offer! For the month of August, aka #WITMonth, you can get 25% off any of these three books. Just use the discount code WITMONTH when going through the check-out for BRIGHT, and/or THE IMPOSSIBLE FAIRYTALE, and/or APPLE AND KNIFE.” More here.

4. Deep Vellum is also offering discounts, in addition to the giveaway listed above. More here.

5. Transit Books writes: “In celebration of Women in Translation Month, we highlight works on our list by women in translation, and ~ for the whole month of August ~ you can get 25% off with the discount code #WITMonth.” More here.

6. Poetry Book Society writes: “Follow us in August and celebrate Women in Translation Month! Take advantage of our special WIT 20% discount on our Translation Membership using the code WIT2019 on our website! Offer valid from today until 31/08.” More here.

There are likely more. Follow #WiTMonth for updates throughout the month.