wed31julAll DayStephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation 2024CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£10 Max word count60 lines Top Prize£1000 and publication

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Translate ANY poem from ANY language into English, and win publication and cash prizes! Budding poets of all stripes are warmly invited to take part in the 2024 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, open to adults aged 18 from all over the world.

Submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of up to 300 words. The translation should be max. 60 lines (extracts are accepted). All forms and genres are welcome, including texts from rap, spoken word and slam poetry. The prize also welcomes translations from sign language.

Cash prizes: £1000 (1st), £500 (2nd), £250 (3rd)

All winners will be published online and in the Stephen Spender Prize 2024 booklet, as well as being invited to participate in a livestreamed awards ceremony in the autumn. The winner of First Prize will also be published in Modern Poetry in Translation magazine.

We are keen to encourage quality, so suggest writers to check their stories before submitting using Prowritingaid. They have free and paid versions and are the best writing software we know to help improve grammar, readability and check for repetition, ‘sticky’ sentences and suggest alternatives. 

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