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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Transference seeks poetry in translation

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

We are now accepting submissions for our 2020 special issue on vision/seeing, for which we will consider a broader range of work. In addition to translated poems, we will also consider poems inspired by poetry originally written in the languages referenced above, along with commentary. We will also consider essays on the translation of poetry. 

Submissions relating to the theme of vision/seeing are especially welcome. Submissions may be uploaded to this site or sent directly to the editors at 

For general guidelines, see here.

Anyone may submit translations of poetry and accompanying commentary to be considered for publication in Transferenceprovided he or she is the translator. Please note that we do not accept self-translations. Translators whose first language is not English should work closely with a native speaker of English.

Submissions cannot have been previously published in either print or on the internet, nor be forthcoming. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please let us know immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must include a brief cover letter, your translation and the original poem with the source information in MLA format, and a commentary on your translation process. Please include a short bio in your cover letter. You may submit up to four poems at one time. Please note that your name should appear only on your cover letter, not on the pages containing your submission.

If you have questions about the submission procedure or terms for Transference, please contact the editors.

Transference is published by faculty in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Focusing exclusively on poetic translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, and Japanese into English. We feature translations and accompanying commentaries on the art and process of translating poetry. To purchase a print copy of the journal ($10), please contact us.

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