SST is inspired by the cultural activism of Stephen Spender, poet and champion of international literature. We celebrate multilingualism and literary translation through a range of initiatives, including our Poetry in Translation Prize and Creative Translation education programmes.
Stephen Spender Prize 2021
Our Spotlight Prize encourages young people to engage with community languages. Our focus for 2021 is Urdu.Find out more
To welcome newcomers to the open category, this year we will continue to award special commendations for the best first-time entries received.Find out more
Our youth prize has categories for 18-and-under, 16-and-under and 14-and-under, and last year saw a record-breaking number of entries!Find out more
“I am hugely supportive of the Stephen Spender Trust’s work in schools. The project’s leaders have a clear understanding of how to motivate and enthuse both children and non-specialist teachers, promoting language learning and opening children’s eyes to the opportunities which languages offer them.”