Attention schools! Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation

We are delighted to share with you some information regarding the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, which might be of interest to MFL and English departments, as well as to any learners with English as additional language. It could be especially empowering for learners who have community or migrant languages.


Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation 2018 | Closing Date: 06-July-18

Translate any poem from ANY language into English, and win cash prizes! Teachers and students are warmly invited to take part in the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, with categories for young people (14-and-under and 18-and-under) as well as an open category for adults.


Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of no more than 300 words. The translation should be max. 60 lines (extracts are accepted). Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult), 18-and-under and 14-and-under.

Judges: Margaret Jull Costa, Olivia McCannon, Sean O’Brien.

Open category: £1000 (1st), £750 (2nd), £500 (3rd)

18-and-under category: £250 (1st), £150 (2nd), £100 (3rd)

14-and-under category: one prize of £100

All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in central London in November 2018.

Entry Fee: Over-18s: £7 for each translation, Under-18s: free

Further details: Full information, general notes on translation, advice from the judges, and downloadable translation activity sheets for French, German, IsiNdebele, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish available at

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