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The Stephen Spender Prize 2014 for poetry in translation
in association with the Guardian

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

The 2014 competition closed for entries on 23 May 2014; the winners will be announced on Saturday 1 November. In the meantime why not read the winning entries from past years or email the Trust to request a free booklet?
• Discover the 2013 winning and commended entries
• Read the 2013 judges' reports
• Read the winning entries from previous years
To obtain a free booklet containing the 2013 winning translations and commentaries, please email (UK residents only)

To be notified when the competition opens again in January 2015 subscribe to our e-letters.

The judges of the 2014 competition are:
Susan Bassnett Edith Hall WN Herbert Stephen Romer


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. More…
'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



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 2013 Times Stephen Spender Prize