The competition was open to young people at schools in the UK. The guidelines were as follows:

There are three categories for entrants according to their school year group:

  • Key Stage 3/S1-3 for pupils in those year groups on the closing date;
  • Key Stage 4/S4 for pupils in those year groups on the closing date;
  • and Key Stage 5/S5-6 for pupils in those year groups on the closing date.

1.Entrants are invited to submit a poem in another language inspired by the relevant passage for their year groups, together with a literal written translation in English. By literal written translation in English, we mean a word-for-word translation that conveys the meaning but does not need to replicate the creative features. Here’s an example of a poem and its literal translation from Modern Poetry in Translation.

2.The poem should be no longer than 25 lines.

3.The poem may be submitted as a text (Times New Roman font, 12 point, single-spaced) or an MP3 audio file.

4.Entrants may only submit one entry.

5.Each translation must be the original work of the entrant and not a copy or substantial copy of someone else’s. It must not have been previously published or broadcast.

6.Entries will be judged anonymously, so the entrant’s name must not appear on the poem or literal translation, only on the entry form, or entered in the online form where requested.

7.Entries may be submitted via the online submission platform no later than midnight (UK time) on 1 March 2022.

8.If the entrant is under 13, a parent or guardian must complete the consent form at the end of the online submission platform. All audio entries (irrespective of the entrant’s age) require parental consent.

9.The Prize will be administered by the Prismatic Jane Eyre Schools Project Team with the Stephen Spender Trust and judged by a panel comprising individuals with knowledge of the entry’s language.

10.The entrants selected for publication will be announced on the Prismatic Jane Eyre website in May 2022. The winners will be notified earlier by email. 

11.The selected entries will be published in an anthology. The copyright of each poem will remain with the entrant but the Prismatic Jane Eyre project and Stephen Spender Trust will have the right in perpetuity to publish and/or broadcast the poems.

12.By entering the competition you give permission for the Prismatic Jane Eyre Schools Project to hold the personal information you have given for the purpose of the competition. The personal information that you provide will be securely stored and will be used for no other purpose than this activity, nor knowingly passed to any other organisation or person not associated with or authorised by the project.