Stephen Spender Prizewinners 2021

Congratulations to all winners and commendees in this year’s Stephen Spender Prize! Below you can read some of the winning and commended entries.

Winner: Open Category

Harry Man

‘The Green Tent’ (Norwegian)

By Endre Ruset

 

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Second prize: Open Category

James Garza

‘Room’ (Japanese)

By Kurobe Setsuko

 

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Third prize: Open Category

Georgina Collins

‘A Name is Sewn into the Flesh’ (Cameroonian French)

By Jean-Claude Awono

 

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Highly commended: Open Category

Antoinette Fawcett

‘The Hares’ (Dutch)

By H. H. ter Balkt

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Highly commended: Open Category

Robin Munby

‘Fálala’ (Asturian)

By Claudia Elena Menéndez

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Highly commended: Open Category

Suzannah V. Evans

‘Sailors’ (extract) (French)

By Tristan Corbière

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First-time entrant commendation

Arthur Allen

‘I Have Barely Had Time to Build Your Name’ (Swedish)

By Maria Wine

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First-time entrant commendation

Christina Lucassi

‘Have You Ever Heard of Little Dwarf Dwimble?’(German)

By Christina Tropper and Alexander Smutni-Tropper

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First-time entrant commendation

Harriet McAlonan

‘In the Twilight of Life’ (Moroccan French)

By Abdellatif Laâbi

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18-and-under Spotlight – winner

Sarah Jilani

‘Speak’ (Urdu)

By Faiz Ahmed Faiz

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18-and-under Spotlight – winner

Sarah Jilani

‘Time’ (Urdu)

By Javed Akhtar

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18-and-under Spotlight – commended

Iona Mandal

‘The Birds’ Eyes Open’ (Urdu)

By Sara Shagufta

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18-and-under Spotlight – commended

Iona Mandal

‘Demolition’ (Urdu)

By Nahid Rana

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18-and-under Spotlight – commended

Lucas Omar Ali-Hassan

‘The Face of Your Lord’ (Urdu)

By Faiz Ahmed Faiz

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14-and-under Spotlight – winner

Faaiz Adil

‘If it is grief let it torture my heart’ (Urdu)

By Ahmed Faraz

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14-and-under Spotlight – commended

Alishba Tariq

‘Clouds’ (Urdu)

By Sara Shagufta

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14-and-under Spotlight – commended

Amman Ali Hussain Shaheen

‘Speak Up’ (Urdu)

By Faiz Ahmed Faiz

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14-and-under Spotlight – commended

Manal Salman

‘A Child’s Prayer’ (Urdu)

By Allama Iqbal

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10-and-under Spotlight – winner

Safi Robertson

‘There is a fairy with many colours’ (Urdu)

By Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum

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10-and-under – commended

Ashwaq Nassa

‘There is a fairy on its own’ (Urdu)

By Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum

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10-and-under – commended

Deiminas Grudzinskas

‘There is one fairy I like’ (Urdu)

By Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum

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10-and-under Spotlight – commended

Bruno Scott-Buck

‘A fairy is bright’ (Urdu)

By Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum

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18-and-under – winner

Jahan de Bellaigue

‘O Iran, My Bejewelled Land’ (extract) (Farsi)

By Forugh Farrokhzad

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18-and-under – winner

Jasmine Hardy

‘They Are Unbeaten by the Rain’ (Japanese)

By Kenji Miyazawa

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18-and-under – winner

Doga Acikgun

‘Last Will’ (Turkish)

By Nâzım Hikmet

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18-and-under – highly commended

Marco Cheung

‘Funeral of the Flower’ (Chinese)

By Cao Xueqin

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18-and-under – highly commended

Lilia Foster

‘Underdevelopment Problems’ (Cuban Spanish)

By Nicolás Guillén

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18-and-under – highly commended

Chloe O’Connor

‘Talking’ (Chinese)

By Chen Cang

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16-and-under – winner

Steffan Nicholas

‘Instant Houses’ (Welsh)

By Iwan Llwyd

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16-and-under – winner

Iona Mandal

‘Kolkata’s Jesus’ (Bengali)

By Nirendranath Chakraborty

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16-and-under – winner

Maddie Stoll

‘25th October 1994 – Modena.’ (Italian)

By Fatima Bouhtouch

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16-and-under – highly commended

Rosie Evans

‘Folksinger’ (Mexican Spanish)

By Elizabeth Pérez Tzintzún

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16-and-under – highly commended

Karolina Kukhta

‘To Kachalov’s Dog’ (Russian)

By Sergei Yesenin

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16-and-under – highly commended

Sarah McLaren

‘Masses’ (Peruvian Spanish)

By César Vallejo

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14-and-under – winner

Adeline Goh

‘The Temple by the Stars’ (Ancient Chinese)

By Li Bai

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14-and-under – winner

Matilda Hardman

‘All the Birds’ (German)

By August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben

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14-and-under – winner

Millie Farrell

‘A.A.’ (French)

By Christian Bernard

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14-and-under – highly commended

Eylül Karakullukcu

‘Spring’s Idleness’ (extract) (Turkish)

By Bahar Sarhoşluğu

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14-and-under – highly commended

Katrina Fong

‘To Love the Lotus’ (Ancient Chinese)

By Zhou Dunyi

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14-and-under – highly commended

Mia Harris

‘In a Pit Like a Bear’ (extract) (French)

By Guillaume Apollinaire

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The Stephen Spender Prize 2021 is generously supported by the Old Possum’s Practical Trust, the Rothschild Foundation, the John S Cohen Foundation, the Polonsky Foundation and Robert and Olivia Temple and The Björnson and Prodan Foundation.