The Poetry Society’s translation prize is now open

Popescu Prize Judges' Picture
Olivia McCannon (© Hannah Dakin) and Clare Pollard (© Hayley Madden)

We are very pleased to announce that the 2015 Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize, supported this year by the British Council, is now open for entries. 

The prize has been awarded biennially by The Poetry Society for a volume of poetry translated from a European language into English and we are delighted to announce that the judges this year are Clare Pollard and Olivia McCannon. Speaking about the prize, Clare Pollard said “translation is always a form of conversation. I’ll be looking for that particular, thrilling energy you get when the right writer meets the right translator. British poetry can be inward-looking, and this prize is a very important opportunity to enlarge our sense of what poetry can do.”

Olivia McCannon added “I’m looking forward to feeling the warmth, and surprise, of these voices from abroad. At its most vital, poetry in translation overcomes what was thought impossible and finds what was unimaginable. We need it, to protect and strengthen our humanity. The Popescu Prize puts us in touch with all of this.”

A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the translator of a volume of poetry translated from a living European language (i.e. one that is currently still being spoken) into English published between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2015. You can find full entry guidelines and all the information you need to send your work for consideration, on our website.

The full press release is available for download.

2 July 2015