John Dryden Translation Competition

John Dryden by John Michael Wright (b&w detail) © National Portrait Gallery, London
John Dryden by John Michael Wright (b&w detail)
© National Portrait Gallery, London

The British Comparative Literature Association organises a translation competition in memory of the first British poet laureate John Dryden (1631–1700), who was a literary critic, translator, and playwright as well as a poet. Sponsored jointly with the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia, the John Dryden Translation Competition awards prizes for unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Literary translation includes poetry, prose, or drama from any period. There are three prizes of £350, £200, and £100; other entries may receive commendations. All three prizes also include one-year BCLA membership.

Prize-winners are announced in the summer on the BCLA website and prizes are presented thereafter every year at the BCLA ‘AGM and Colloquy’. Winning entries are eligible to be published in full on the website, and extracts from winning entries are also eligible for publication in Comparative Critical Studies.

Assisted by competent bilingual readers specialising in the literatures for which entries are received, the judges are selected from the following:

Dr Jacob Blakesley (Chair) (Academic Fellow in World Literatures and Translation Studies, University of Leeds)

Professor Susan Bassnett (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Glasgow/Warwick)

Dr Emily Finer (Lecturer in Russian, University of Leeds)

Dr Stuart Gillespie (Reader, University of Glasgow and Founding Editor, Translation and Literature)

Dr Maike Oergel (Associate Professor in German Studies, University of Nottingham)

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang (Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, SOAS)

Dr Karen Seago (Director of Translation Studies, City University London)

Professor Martin Sorrell  (Professor of Modern Languages, University of Exeter)

Robert Chandler (Translator)

The winners of the John Dryden Translation Competition for 2017-18 have been announced. The jury has evaluated translations from a range of languages into English and awarded the following:

First prize: Colin Bramwell and Wen-Chi Li for Selections from the poetry of Yang Mu from the Chinese of Yang Mu’s (出發)給名名的十四行詩.

Second prize: 
Adam Sorkin and Diana Manolefor A-Z.best (Selections) from the Romanian of Emilian Galaicu-Păun’s A-Z.best.

Third prize: Kseniia Vitalievna Bogdanova for The Legend of Larra of the Staff from the Russian of Maxim Gorky’s Легенда о Ларре.

Commendation : Paul Melo e Castro for Raw Muscle from the Portuguese of Rubem Fonseca’s (A Força Humana.)

See the previous winners of the John Dryden Translation Competition.

For conditions of entry and further details download the 2018-2019 Dryden entry form. Entries will be received from September 2018, and the deadline for submissions is 11 February 2019.

Entries, each consisting of source text, your translation, an entry form, and the entry fee, should be sent to:

Dr Richard Hibbitt, John Dryden Translation Competition
School of Languages, Cultures & Societies
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT

ContactR.Hibbitt@leeds.ac.uk for more information.