Popescu Prize

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The Corneliu M Popescu Prize is a bi-annual poetry award established in 1983.[1][2][3] It is given by the Poetry Society for a volume of poetry translated from a European language into English.[2][3] Formerly called the European Poetry Translation Prize (1983-1997) the Prize was relaunched in 2003, and renamed in memory of the Romanian translator Corneliu M. Popescu, who died at age 19 in 1977.[2] Popescu translated the work of one of Romania's leading poets, Mihai Eminescu, into English.[2] The prize of £1,500 is awarded to a translator.[2] Financial support has been provided by the Ratiu Foundation since 2003[4] (the Foundation was established in London in 1979 by Ion and Elisabeth Ratiu to promote and support projects which further education and research in the culture and history of Romania).[2]

The Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English (2000) considered the European Poetry Translation Prize one of the most "prestigious" translation awards.[5]

Corneliu M Popescu Prize[edit]

European Poetry Translation Prize[edit]


  1. ^ a b Alan Brownjohn (19 September 2003). "Voices heard abroad". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Popescu Prize, official website.
  3. ^ a b c Sarah Crown (5 September 2011). "Popescu prize shortlist announced". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Daniel Weissbort (2004). Looking Eastward. King's College London, University of London. p. 287. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Olive Classe (2000). Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English. Taylor & Francis. p. 1115. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Tasja Dorkofikis (5 December 2013). "Poetry in translation – The Popescu Prize 2013". English PEN. Retrieved 7 December 2013.