John Dryden Translation Competition: Now Open

The 2013-2014 John Dryden Translation Competition is now open for entries, which calls for unpublished literary translations from any language into English:

downloadThese literary translations includes works of poetry, prose, or drama from any period. First prize is £350; second prize: £200; third prize: £100; and other entries may receive commendations. All three of the top prizes also include one year’s membership in the British Comparative Literature Association.

Judges will be selected from a shortlist of  Dr Glyn HambrookMaike OergelStuart GillespieGlyn Pursglove , Martin Sorrell, and Robert Chandler, and “will be assisted by bilingual readers specialising in the literatures for which entries are received.”

Generally speaking:

Your translation must be double-spaced and on A4 sheets (or near equivalent). It must not exceed 20 pages. An excerpt or excerpts from longer works may be submitted but must not exceed this limit. The translation must be page-numbered and carry a title and there must be nothing on it which might identify the translator.


There are no limitations on entrants with respect to age, nationality, place of residence, or professional status.

In a quick scan, I don’t see any previous winners or commend-ees that were translations from the Arabic. So go on. It’s only 20 pages. You can read the complete rules online.

Deadline for entries is Feb 14, 2014.



  1. It is my pride and pleasure to contact you. I would like you to clarify how can I join the John Dryden Translation Competition. IN other words, how can I submit the translation?

  2. Dears

    I would like to ask about John Dryden Competition. Firstly i did read the rules of participation but Does the competition open for any one? Secondly i don’t understand the information about the fee and how i did i send it? Thirdly, if i want to join BCL , how will i join it and by any ways?

    My Best Regards Fawziya Mousa Ghanim Iraq


    1. Fawziya,

      Yes, it is open to anyone, regardless of age, nationality, place of residence, or professional status. For the rest, let me send you an email.

      1. why paying for a contest?

        Can I participate without paying money?

        1. Most contests have some administrative fee, but I occasionally post some no-fee contests. You might want to wait for those. (I would probably never submit to anything with a fee, unless I already wanted to be a member of the organization, etc.)

      2. Hey!
        I did see the rules on their site. But I’d like a clarification on how to submit the fees. Still couldn’t get it right. I’d appreciate your help ^^
        Thanks in advance 🙂

        1. Yes, the woman who knows is on vacation and will clarify soon …. or perhaps already did to the email you submitted with your comment. Maybe it’s not your real email?

          1. I see. No, it’s real. I even received a confirmation message from your site to related comments on this post.

  3. Hi
    How we can send fees and by any means ,besides is it a way of sent the work to e -mail instead of office post addreass.

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