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The Stephen Spender Prize 2016 for poetry in translation
in association with the Guardian

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

• Discover the 2016 winning and commended entries
• Read the 2016 judges' reports
• Read the winning entries from previous years
To be notified when the competition opens again in late January/early February 2017 subscribe to our e-letters.

Scroll down to download the booklet of winning entries from this and previous years
Email to request a hard copy of the 2016 booklet of winning entries or of any booklet 2004–2015 (UK addresses only)

The judges of the 2016 competition are:

Katie Gramich Sean O'Brien
(© Caroline Forbes)
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, 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 and Modern Poetry in Translation websites.

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.

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Read the winning entries from previous years by clicking on a booklet




Download a booklet:
2016 Stephen Spender Prize 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


The Stephen Spender Trust is grateful to the Old Possum's Practical Trust, the Dr Mortimer and Teresa Sackler Foundation and the Golsoncott Foundation for its support of the 2016 Stephen Spender Prize.

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