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The Times Stephen Spender Prize 2012

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14-and-under prize


First: David Meijer, The Lion Is Loose! by Annie MG Schmidt (Dutch)
Joint second: Damayanti Chatterjee, Omolkaanthi by Nirendranath Chakraborty (Bengali)
Joint second: Thomas Franchi, To a Nose by Francisco de Quevedo (Spanish)


Max Birkin, Thinking of Holland by Hendrik Marsman (Dutch)
Emelia Lavender, If It Rained Tears by Boris Vian (French)
Isobel Lowe and Chloe Baker, The Fox and the Crow by Jean de la Fontaine (French)

18-and-under prize

Joint winners

James Martin, Night Impression by Paul Verlaine (French)
Francis Scarr, The Destruction of Magdeburg by Goethe (German)
Amanda Thomas, Abdication by Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese)


Sarah Fletcher, You Want Me Pale by Alfonsina Storni (Spanish)
Ryan Frost, Moments by Jorge Luis Borges (Spanish)
James Martin, Untitled by Anna Akhmatova (Russian)
Jack Newman, To the Princess Ulrique of Prussia by Voltaire (French)

Open prize


First: Kaarina Hollo, Stillborn 1943: Calling Limbo by Derry O'Sullivan (Irish)
Second: Patricia Hann, The Sunflower by Eugenio Montale (Italian)
Third: Jane Tozer, The Gibbet by François Villon (French)


Antoinette Fawcett, Alcyone by Ed Leeflang (Dutch)
Margot Harrison, from The Lament for Art O'Leary by Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill (Irish)
Seán Hewitt, A Jackeen Keens for the Blasket by Brendan Behan (Irish)
Brian Holton, Spring Sun on the Watterside Clachan by Du Fu (Classical Chinese)
John RG Turner, Classical Walpurgisnacht by Paul Verlaine (French)
Peter Whale, A Woman's Love, Rime 208 Gáspara Stampa (Italian)