Hunter Simpson Awarded 2021 Leif and Injer Sjöberg Prize

The American-Scandinavian Foundation chose to award Hunter Simpson the Leif and Injer Sjöberg Prize for his fantastic work on Danish author Stine Pilgaard’s novel The Land of Short Sentences. The jury commended his translation as “playful, funny, and colorful without being showy, rendering the world of a Folk High School in West Jutland with warmth and precision and the voice of the novel’s witty fish-out-of-water narrator with panache.”

In The Land of Short Sentences, one of Denmark’s most beloved young authors conjures a tale of venturing into new and uncharted land, of human relationships, dilemmas, and the ways and byways of social intercourse. “Pilgaard’s smart, layered parody will make you laugh without knowing exactly why, and then will keep you laughing at your self-consciousness,” says Veronica Raimo, author of The Girl at the DoorThe Land of Short Sentences by Stine Pilgaard is forthcoming from World Editions in March 2022.

Hunter Simpson has a BA in English Literature form the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stine Pilgaard’s The Land of Short Sentences is his first published literary translation.

Every year, the American-Scandinavian Foundation awards the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize to an individual whose literary translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published. It includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.