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The Stephen Spender Prize 2015 for poetry in translation
in association with the Guardian

The Stephen Spender Prize requires entrants to translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern, into English and to submit a brief commentary about the translation process along with the translated poem. There are three categories – Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under – with cash prizes in each category. The 2015 competition is judged by Josephine Balmer, Katie Gramich, WN Herbert and Stephen Romer and the winners will be announced on Saturday 7 November 2015.


To obtain a free booklet containing the 2014 winning translations and commentaries, please email (UK residents only).
Download the booklet as a pdf file or scroll down to download booklets from earlier years.

The judges of the 2015 competition will be:
Josephine Balmer Katie Gramich WN Herbert Stephen Romer


Are you interested in using poetry translation in the classroom or looking for some guidance about translating poetry? Read some general notes on translating poetry, consider the judges' advice to those thinking of entering the Stephen Spender Prize, see George Szirtes' categories of translated poetry, read about Christ's Hospital school's school-wide translation project and download our poetry translation activity sheets.

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:
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

Email to request a hard copy of any booklet (UK addresses only)

With grateful thanks to the Old Possum's Practical Trust and the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, sponsor of the 2015 Stephen Spender Prize