February 18, 2021 (New York, NY)— The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the 2021 Poems in Translation Contest produced by Words Without Borders—the digital magazine for international literature and a content partner of the Academy—to spotlight groundbreaking work by poets and translators around the world. The four winning translated poems will be co-published in Poem-a-Day, the popular daily poetry series produced by the Academy of American Poets, and in Words Without Borders throughout September, which is National Translation Month. 

The contest is open to submissions of contemporary international poetry translated from other languages into English. The winning poems will be selected by award-winning poet Airea D. Matthews, along with the editors of Words Without Borders. The winning poets and translators will be awarded $150 each. 

“We’re thrilled to host for a third year a contest that celebrates the power of poetry and translation not only to transcend borders, times, and places but to honor the strength to be found in difference,” said Words Without Borders Editor Eric M. B. Becker. “In partnering with the Academy's Poem-a-Day we are expanding the readership for groundbreaking poetry from around the world.”

“We’re excited to partner again with Word Without Borders. The Poems in Translation Contest has become a striking cross-cultural moment for our Poem-a-Day series, highlighting the kind of understanding and exchange we know poetry, and language, can provide," said Academy of American Poets Digital Engagement & Content Director Jeffery Gleaves.

Submissions will be accepted beginning February 18, 2021 through April 16, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For contest guidelines and to submit, please visit: http://bit.ly/3s4wKtf.

Now in its third year, the Poems in Translation Contest has brought together poets and translators from Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, Galicia, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States, and Vietnam. The 2020 contest’s winning poems by Nguyễn-Hoàng Quyên; Julio Pazos Barrera and Bryan Mendoza; Yau Ching and Chenxin Jiang; and Enrique Villasis and Bernard Capinpin can be read here: http://bit.ly/39pUAt2. The 2019 contest’s winning poems by Dorothy Tse and Natascha Bruce; Claudia Masin and Robin Myers; Lee Young-ju and Jae Kim; and Alba Cid and Jacob Rogers can be read here: http://bit.ly/3r1SLso.

About Airea D. Matthews

Airea D. Matthews received an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Matthews is the author of Simulacra (Yale University Press, 2017), selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. A Cave Canem Fellow and a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, Matthews is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship, and is a founding member of the Riven collective along with Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela and Cynthia Dewi Oka. She is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College, and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About Words Without Borders

Winner of a 2018 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, Words Without Borders is the premier destination for a global literary conversation. Founded in 2003, WWB seeks to expand cultural understanding by giving readers unparalleled access to contemporary world literature in English translation while providing a vital platform for today’s international writers. To date, its free digital magazine has published more than 2,600 pieces of writing from 140 countries, translated from 126 languages. Our contributors include literary heavyweights like Elena Ferrante, Han Kang, Olga Tokarczuk, Roberto Bolaño, and Jokha Alharthi, as well as a host of emerging voices from around the world. WWB’s online education program, WWB Campus, brings this eye-opening international literature into the classroom. Translated poetry published by WWB is regularly featured on Poets.org.  

About the Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states. Founded in 1934, the organization annually awards more funds to individual poets than any other organization through its prize program, giving a total of $1,250,000 to more than 200 poets at various stages of their careers. The Academy also produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; founded and organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides award-winning resources to K–12 educators, including the Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to the country’s culture.