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The Stephen Spender Prize
Translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern, into English.
- 18 and under,
- 16 and under
- 14 and under
- Open (adult)
" Special 'Spotlight' prize for translation from Polish
" Top prize £1000
All winning entries will be published in a booklet.
Make sure you consider the form, keeping the metre, perhaps keeping the rhyme, and balancing sense and music. Often you will find yourself revising your translation a lot until you can get to the final version. See judges' advice in additional link below. They have lots more resources and advice, as well as samples from past winners on the website so make sure to explore all the pages.
There is no age limit, and submission is free.
For judges' advice:
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