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The Stephen Spender Prize 2019 for poetry in translation
in association with the Guardian – summary of entry conditions

A full list of entry conditions, together with instructions on how to enter will be published here on the prize launch date of Friday 29 March 2019.

Entrants

Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under, for entrants still 14 on the closing date.

Entries

Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with the original poem and a commentary of no more than 300 words (guidelines for the commentary are at (4) below). The submitted translation should be no more than 60 lines long, so entrants may submit an extract if their chosen poem is longer. Self-translation is not accepted.

Each translation must be the original work of the entrant and not a copy or substantial copy of someone else's translation; it must not have been previously published or broadcast.

The commentary of no more than 300 words should briefly cover such matters as:
  • Your reason for translating this particular poem
  • Problems encountered in translating between the language of the original and English
  • Problems encountered in translating the poem you have chosen
  • Your approach to the poem. For example, if the original is in a particular form — rhyme or a regular metre — have you or have you not attempted to preserve that form in English?
Entries will be judged without the panel of judges knowing the identity of the competitors so the translator's name must not be on the translation, original poem or commentary, only on the entry form.

Prizes

The winners of the Open category will receive £1,000 (first), £750 (second) and £500 (third); the winners of the 18-and-under category will receive £250 (first), £150 (second) and £100 (third); There will be one prize (£100) awarded in the 14-and-under category.

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