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Harriman Institute Translation Contest—Poems by Maria Stepanova
February 11, 2022

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, is pleased to announce a competition for best translation of a poem by Maria Stepanova, who will be Harriman Writer in Residence in March-April 2022. The contest is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.

Two poems from Stepanova’s recent book Holy Winter 2020/21, selected in consultation with the poet, have been chosen for the competition. The poems belong to the section of monologues loosely attached to such mythological figures as Penelope, Omphale, Dido, and others. The contest poems are framed as the voices of Ariadne and the Amazon.

Contestants should choose ONE poem to translate and submit for the contest.



The competition will be judged by Ainsley Morse (Dartmouth College), Matvei Yankelevich (Editor, World Poetry Books), both well-known translators of Russian verse, and Ronald Meyer (Harriman Institute).

Prize for First Place: $500.00
Prize for Runner-Up: $200.00

In addition to the cash prizes, the winning translations will be published in Harriman Magazine and on the Harriman Institute website.

Submission deadline: March 21, 2022.

Send submissions, which in addition to the translation should include name, address, educational institution, and program of study, to

Please direct any questions to Ronald Meyer at