The Malinda A. Markham Memorial Prize in Translation

This translation prize honors the life and work of award-winning poet and translator Malinda A. Markham. The award is generously funded by Jennifer S. Epstein.

Information you need to know:

$2000 and publication by Saturnalia Books


  1. Manuscript must be a translation by a female translator of a female poet. Female is interpreted as anyone who identifies as female.
  2. Manuscript must be an original collection of poetry from one author in any language translated into English.
  3. Manuscript must be at least 48 pages in length (not including foreword material).
  4. The translator’s name must not appear in the manuscript, including any front material.
  5. Manuscript must include an acknowledgments page.
  6. Online fee is $25. No refunds will be given to any withdrawn manuscripts.
  7. Translator must have written permission from either the original poet or their estate.
  8. Contest winner will be announced on the Saturnalia Books website and via email. Please do not contact Saturnalia Books regarding your submission status before January 1.
  9. By submitting to the contest, you agree to be added to Saturnalia Books’ email list.
  10. Submissions will only be accepted electronically.
  11. The winning manuscript will be chosen by Saturnalia Books’ editors. Saturnalia Books editors’ also reserve the right not to select a manuscript.
  12. Submissions will be accepted annually from September 25-October 31.
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