Stephen Spender Prize

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The Stephen Spender Prize is the leading annual prize for poetry in translation, with categories for pupils, teachers and individual young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as an Open category for adults from all over the world. The rules are simple: translate into English any poem from any language – from French to Farsi, from Spanish to Somali – and win publication and cash prizes!

Scroll on to discover the different prize categories and to relive the highlights of the 2023 prize.

The 2024 prize will launch on Wednesday 1 May 2024. Teachers can now register here to involve their students. All those who register will receive regular resources and activities to help them to integrate creative translation into their teaching.

What’s new for 2023-24?

The 2023 prize saw lots of exciting changes, and we’re delighted to launch a new Portuguese Spotlight for 2024! Here are the key updates:

  • The Open category goes international! For the second year running, we’re thrilled to extend the Open category to adults from all over the world.
  • NEW dedicated strand for schools, for teachers entering with their pupils – after its inaugural edition last year, the Schools Laureate Prize is back with a new category for primary pupils, new multimedia alternatives to the written commentary, and a new bank of suggested poems covering dozens of languages.
  • NEW translation competition for teachers – Teachers at participating schools can now get creative with our free Teacher Laureate Prize!
  • Celebrating Lusophone culture with the Portuguese Spotlight – In 2024, our rotating Spotlight Prize turns to poetry from the Portuguese-speaking world.

Ready to enter? Choose your category!

Portuguese Spotlight

Open to individual young people as well as teachers submitting on behalf of students, this year our Spotlight strand celebrates Portuguese and Lusophone poetry and culture.

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