“But with the true poet every thing is terse, touching, or brilliant. He gives the choicest thoughts in the choicest language. He illustrates them by everything that he sees most striking in nature and art.”

—Washington Irving (1783-1859), “Mutability of Literature”

First Prize:

$100. Publication on the Society’s website and Journal.


Submission Fee:




Email translations to submissions@classicalpoets.org. Translations should not exceed 108 lines. Translated poetry should be from the Romantic period or earlier. Translations should be metered. Include the poem in its original language.. Rhyme and other traditional techniques are encouraged as well, but not required. (To learn how to write poetry with meter, see a brief beginner’s guide on common iambic meter here or a more elaborate beginner’s guide to many kinds of meter here.)



December 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST. Winners announced February 1, 2020 on our e-Newsletter and on the Society’s homepage.



Evan Mantyk, editor of The Society of Classical Poets Journal and website


Who May Participate?

Anyone from any country of any background. If you are outside the United States, you would need to have a PayPal account to receive the prize money should you win First Place.


Additional Details

The translation should be done in 2019. It may be previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Past First Place winners and the Society’s executive staff and editors are prohibited from participating.

You do not have to be a Member of the Society to participate.

You will retain ownership of your submitted translation. By submitting it to the Society for publication or for inclusion in the contest, you give the Society permission to possibly publish it online on this website or in the Society of Classical Poets Journal, but we would not be able to sell your individual poem on its own or have any further rights over it beyond these forums. You could publish it anywhere else or sell it to any publication as desired. The first step in publishing is to have it published on the Society’s homepage and we will check with you first to confirm if we have your permission to do so. At that time you may indicate that we do or do not. Alternatively, when submitting you may add a note stating “do not publish if not a winner.”


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3 Responses


    Question..in submitting For translation contest, to whom do we send the pomes I don’t see your address with guidelines on site. Also can we submit a few poems many thanks

      • Gangadhar Sivaswamy

        What about poets from India participating in your contests free of payment as it is difficult to transfer money from India. You can deduct the fee if winning the contest. I am a poet and several have been published in India and some in U.S.A. I have new poems unpublished, how to go about them (not translations)?

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