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The Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation

Stephen Spender Prize 2018

Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation 2018

Closing Date: 06-July-18


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Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of no more than 300 words. The translation should be max. 60 lines (extracts are accepted). Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult), 18-and-under and 14-and-under.


Margaret Jull Costa, Olivia McCannon, Sean O'Brien.


  • Open category: £1000 (1st), £750 (2nd), £500 (3rd)
  • 18-and-under category: £250 (1st), £150 (2nd), £100 (3rd)
  • 14-and-under category: one prize of £100
  • All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in central London in November 2018.

Entry Fee:

Over-18s: £7 for each translation, Under-18s: free