The Stephen Spender Prize 2016 for poetry in translation
in association with the Guardian
Entrants are invited to translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern, into English.
The 2016 competition closed on Friday 27 May. The winning entries will be published on this website in early November and the winners will be invited to a reception on 15 November in central London.
winning entries from previous years
The judges of the 2016 competition are:
Are you interested in using poetry translation in the classroom or looking for some guidance about translating poetry? Read some
on translating poetry, consider the
to those thinking of entering the Stephen Spender Prize, see
George Szirtes' categories
of translated poetry, download our
poetry translation activity sheets
and read about a workshop
translating African praise poetry
with Albert Nyathi. More ideas for using translation with children can be found on the
Translators in Schools
Modern Poetry in Translation
Listen to Spoken Word Educator Catherine Brogan interview Weronika Lewandowska, whose translation of 'Museum' by Wizlawa Szymborska was commended in the 14-and-under category in 2014.
Alexia Sloane won the 2014 14-and-under category with her translation from French of a poem by Jean Dominique. Here she talks about why she entered and how she chose the poem.
'My best gift from the Stephen Spender prize is self-belief. Translation freed me from years of writer's block, renewed my confidence, and led to the publication of my first book...' (Jane Tozer, 2012).
Read past winners' news.
Read the winning entries from previous years by clicking on a booklet
Download a booklet:
2015 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2014 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2013 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2012 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2011 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2010 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2009 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2008 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2007 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2006 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2005 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
2004 Stephen Spender Prize booklet
to request a hard copy of any booklet 2004–2014 (UK addresses only)
The Stephen Spender Trust is grateful to the Old Possum's Practical Trust for its support of the 2016 Stephen Spender Prize.