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Words Without Borders Poems in Translation Contest

Words Without Borders Poems in Translation Contest

DEADLINE:1 June 2020

The 2020 Words Without Borders Poems in Translation Contest is open to contemporary international poetry translated from other languages into English.


  • Entries must be submitted by translators and include both original language texts and translations.
  • Only poems translated from languages other than English are eligible.
  • Only first English translations will be considered. Retranslations of poems already available in English are not eligible.
  • Translations must be unpublished.
  • Translations must not be under contract for publication.
  • Authors of original poems must be living.
  • Translators must have confirmed that English translation rights are available.
  • Translators may submit up to three poems. (All three poems need not have the same author.)
  • Individual poems must not exceed forty lines.
  • Submissions must include brief bios for authors and translators.


Four winning translated poems will be co-published on Words Without Borders, the digital magazine for international literature, and in Poem-a-Day, the popular daily poetry series produced by the Academy of American Poets, throughout September, which is National Translation Month.

The winning poets and translators will be awarded $150 each. (In the case of multiple translators, the translator award shall be split evenly.)