Popescu Prize

Popescu Prize artwork by Iro Tsavala
Artwork by Iro Tsavala

“At its most vital, poetry in translation overcomes what was thought impossible and finds what was unimaginable.” Olivia McCannon

The Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize has been awarded biennially by The Poetry Society for a volume of poetry translated from a European language into English. If you’d like to be informed when the competition is relaunched, please email us to be added to the mailing list.


The winner of the 2015 Popescu Prize is Iain Galbraith for his translation of Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees by Jan Wagner. The judges this year are Olivia McCannon and Clare Pollard.

The Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize Anthology 2015, with translated poems by both the winning and shortlisted translators, profiles of the translators, poets and publishers, and a commentary by the judges Clare Pollard and Olivia McCannon, is available to view online.

The prize is supported in 2015 by the British Council.

“Translation is always a form of conversation.” Clare Pollard

Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize
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