Multilingual Creativity for All

About us

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 in the Classroom education programmes.

Stephen Spender Prize

The 2021 Stephen Spender Prize is now closed. The Spotlight Prize is open for submissions.

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Illustration of girl reading
Stephen Spender: Happy in Berlin

New exhibition in Oxford

Exhibition Information ‘Berlin through the eyes of British Writers’
Poster for Stephen Spender exhibition

Stephen Spender Prize 2021

Spotlight Prize

Our Spotlight Prize encourages young people to engage with community languages. Our focus for 2021 is Urdu.

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Open Entry

To welcome newcomers to the open category, this year we will continue to award special commendations for the best first-time entries received.

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Youth Prize

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!

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Creative Translation in the Classroom

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“I am hugely supportive of Translators 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.”

Julie Jones Short Wood Primary School
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