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The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation

The Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children's book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK.  It aims to spotlight the high quality and diversity of translated fiction for young readers. 

The award is run by the English-Speaking Union on behalf of the Marsh Christian Trust.

  • Shortlist announced & competition officially open – 20th October
  • Competition video entries to be submitted by 20th December
  • Competition winner announced – 9th January


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The Little Black Fish


Oh, Freedom!


The Secret of the Blue Glass


The Flying Classroom


Bronze and Sunflower


Detective Gordon: The First Case


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My Marsh: Video review competition

Pre-registration is now open for the English-Speaking Union's My Marsh competition, which celebrates the best of children's literature in translation.

The richness and diversity of international children's writing has long been a major asset to the English language children's canon. Such classics as Pippi Longstocking, The Little Prince, Tintin and Asterix set the standard for this welcome addition to our children's literature. The benchmark remains high: there exists a wealth of culturally diverse and stimulating titles, which have the power to open our children's eyes to the world around them. The Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation celebrates and promotes this hugely significant, but sometimes overlooked, area of writing.

We invite schools to upload a video review of their favourite shortlisted title for this year's Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation. Sets of the shortlisted texts can be purchased here from 20th October 2016.  Prizes for the competition include a subscription to The Week Junior, a copy of all the entries for this year's Marsh Award, coverage of their entry in The Week Junior, and a voucher to use on  

Please visit the competition webpage at for more information about the competition and to pre-register your interest.

Download Competition Rules and Criteria