The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), co-founded by Rainer Schulte and A.Leslie Willson in 1978 at The University of Texas at Dallas, bridges cultural communication and understanding among countries and languages through the art and craft of literary translation. ALTA is the only organization in the United States dedicated solely to literary translation.
ALTA promotes literary translation through the publication of Translation Review, Annotated Books Received, the ALTA Guides to Literary Translation, the ALTA Newsletter, and through an annual conference.
Every year ALTA presents the National Translation Award.The NTA is a $5,000 prize awarded annually for the best book-length translation into English of a work of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction.
The Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize is a $5,000 prize awarded annually for the best book-length translation of an Asian work into English. The Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2010.
ALTA plays a major role in promoting the teaching of translation in world literature courses and translation workshops at colleges and universities.