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

Translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern, into English.

• Cash prizes
• All winning entries published in a booklet
• Closing date Friday 22 May 2015
Download the 2015 poster
How to enter and conditions of entry
To obtain a free booklet containing the 2014 winning translations and commentaries, please email (UK residents only).
Download the booklet as a pdf file

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



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.


Love is the key: love and distrust. You can never get too cuddly with language because it will slip out of your arms and likely bite you back. Read George Szirtes' attempt to categorise poetry in translation
Inspired by the prize, Stephen Walsh at Christ's Hospital school in Sussex instigated a school-wide poetry translation project. Moreā€¦
'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 Possums Practical Trust and the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, sponsor of the 2015 Stephen Spender Prize