ProZ.com translation contests

ProZ.com translation contests offer a fun way to take a break from your normal routine while testing and honing your skills with fellow translators.


Current and previous contests

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25th translation contest: "Alien first impressions"Finals phase
Entries535
Participants437
Language pairs85
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Inspired by poetry: "Ploughing mountainsides"Finished
Entries372
Participants362
Language pairs55
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Mox presents: "The comic life of a translator"Finished
Entries693
Participants665
Language pairs71
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Bon voyage: "Stories about travel"Finished
Entries481
Participants407
Language pairs77
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21st translation contest: "The tides of tech"Finished
Entries586
Participants540
Language pairs64
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Strange urgency: "The cat"Finished
Entries42
Participants35
Language pairs11
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Benevolent deception: "The placebo button effect"Finished
Entries382
Participants330
Language pairs57
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Translation mash-up: "Dust Bowl"Finished
Entries104
Participants96
Language pairs42
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Homo-digital: "La sociedad transparente"Finished
Entries82
Participants76
Language pairs23
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17th Translation Contest: "The Sounds of Silence"Finished
Entries883
Participants810
Language pairs77
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2014 annual ProZ.com translation contest: "Celebrations"Finished
Entries2,840
Participants2,114
Language pairs222
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Exploring the desert: "The Doomed City"Finished
Entries79
Participants78
Language pairs18
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Sin telaraña en las pupilas: "Frases de Oliverio Girondo"Finished
Entries196
Participants136
Language pairs20
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Poetry with a tune: "Translation of Lyrics"Finished
Entries285
Participants263
Language pairs38
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11th ProZ.com translation contest: "Contemporary society"Finished
Entries820
Participants668
Language pairs93
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Mini-contest 2012: "Yogi Berra Quotes"Finished
Entries625
Participants593
Language pairs64
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9th ProZ.com Translation Contest: "Business"Finished
Entries1,163
Participants769
Language pairs141
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1st Annual ProZ.com Translation Contest: "Awakening"Finished
Entries933
Participants705
Language pairs120
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7th ProZ.com Translation Contest: "Sports"Finished
Entries526
Participants403
Language pairs107
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6th ProZ.com Translation Contest: "Relationships"Finished
Entries591
Participants451
Language pairs98
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5th ProZ.com Translation Contest: "Travel"Finished
Entries464
Participants358
Language pairs67
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Fourth ProZ.com Translation Contest: "Raising children"Finished
Entries518
Participants393
Language pairs82
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Third ProZ.com Translation ContestFinished
Entries230
Participants208
Language pairs49
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Second ProZ.com Translation Contest 2007Finished
Entries119
Participants95
Language pairs33
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First ProZ.com Translation Contest 2007: "First ProZ.com Translation Contest 2007"Finished
Entries240
Participants186
Language pairs18



Recent discussion about ProZ.com translation contests

Discussion about 25th translation contest: "Alien first impressions" in English to Portuguese (BR)Great experience!

This is the first time I take part in a ProZ contest and it was a challenging exercise. The perception I have is that much more than showing my skills, I was able to learn by observing my colleagues’ translations and calling into question some choices of my own. I really think events like this can help us to develop our abilities and our sense of professional community since I believe that when I am respectfully criticized on solid ground, my performance can reach a higher rate.
Finals phase for "Alien first impressions"

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Hi all

I hope you have had a great start to 2021!

The translation contest "Alien first impressions" has now moved to the finals phase, which means that you can vote for your favourite translation to become the winner in the following language pairs:

English to Armenian
English to Hebrew
French to German
French to Portuguese (BR)
English to Albanian
English to Polish
French to Dutch
French to Russian
English to Czech
English to Hungarian
English to Swedish
Spanish to Arabic
Spanish to French
Spanish to Russian
French to Arabic
English to Amharic
English to Hindi
English to Japanese
English to Slovak
English to Swahili
English to Turkish
English to Vietnamese
Spanish to German
Spanish to Romanian
French to Croatian
French to Romanian
English to Bulgarian
English to Finnish
English to Georgian
English to Macedonian
English to Malayalam
English to Bosnian
English to Thai
English to Romanian
English to Slovenian
English to Somali
English to Urdu
Spanish to Catalan
Spanish to Greek
Spanish to Indonesian
French to Catalan
French to Serbian
French to Hungarian
English to Portuguese (EU)
English to Arabic
French to Portuguese (EU)
English to Azerbaijani
English to Dutch
Spanish to Polish
English to Russian

The following language pairs have been placed in feedback, since they did not receive enough entries or ratings to determine finalists and winners:

English to Spanish
English to Italian
French to English
Spanish to English
English to French
English to Portuguese (BR)
English to German
Spanish to Portuguese (BR)
English to Chinese
English to Malay
English to Serbian
English to Croatian
French to Spanish
French to Italian
English to Korean
Spanish to Portuguese (EU)
English to Catalan
English to Persian (Farsi)
English to Ukrainian
English to Igbo
English to Punjabi
Spanish to Chinese
French to Bulgarian
French to Swedish
French to Swahili
Spanish to Czech
French to Greek
French to Polish

Thank you all for participating, and best of luck to all the finalists!

Julieta
Extended hybrid phase for "Alien first impressions" translation contest

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Hi, all

I hope you are having a great week

I wanted to let you know that the hybrid phase of "Alien first impressions" translation contest has been extended until January 11. While many language pairs have been moved to finals, there are still 20 pairs that need to select finalists, and 17 that need a few more entries to move to the next phase.

These language pairs are still receiving submissions:


English to Belarusian
Spanish to Hungarian
French to Swedish
English to Greek
English to Gujarati
English to Igbo
English to Norwegian
English to Panjabi
Spanish to Czech
Spanish to Chinese
Spanish to Italian
Spanish to Turkish
French to Bulgarian
French to Greek
French to Polish
French to Swahili


These language pairs need ratings to select finalists:

English to Spanish
English to Italian
French to English
Spanish to English
English to French
English to Portuguese (BR)
English to German
Spanish to Portuguese (BR)
English to Chinese
English to Malay
English to Russian
English to Serbian
English to Croatian
French to Spanish
French to Italian
English to Korean
Spanish to Portuguese (EU)
English to Catalan
English to Persian (Farsi)
English to Ukrainian


You can choose the winner in these language pairs by voting for the best, sencond best and thrid best entries:

English to Armenian
English to Hebrew
French to German
French to Portuguese (BR)
English to Albanian
English to Polish
French to Dutch
French to Russian
English to Czech
English to Hungarian
English to Swedish
Spanish to Arabic
Spanish to French
Spanish to Russian
French to Arabic
English to Amharic
English to Hindi
English to Japanese
English to Slovak
English to Swahili
English to Turkish
English to Vietnamese
Spanish to German
Spanish to Romanian
French to Croatian
French to Romanian
English to Bulgarian
English to Finnish
English to Georgian
English to Macedonian
English to Malayalam
English to Bosnian
English to Thai
English to Romanian
English to Slovenian
English to Somali
English to Urdu
Spanish to Catalan
Spanish to Greek
Spanish to Indonesian
French to Catalan
French to Serbian
French to Hungarian
English to Portuguese (EU)
English to Arabic
French to Portuguese (EU)
English to Azerbaijani
English to Dutch
Spanish to Polish

Thank you for participating!
Julieta
Rating others' entries when you've entered yourself@Phil and @Lingua

philgoddard wrote:
I wasn't aware of that particular piece of small print, and it seems none of the other contributors to this thread was either.


I suppose if one isn't aware of something, it can appear to be "a particular piece of small print". (-: But take heart: I was also surprised at some of the rules that I did not know of or must have forgotten about.

I'm not sure how many of the other contributors who appeared to agree on this issue were also confusing tagging with rating (i.e. confusing commenting with voting).

In the recent past it was not possible to vote for your own entry, but I've just noticed that they changed the rules and you are now allowed to vote for your own entry (though if you do that, your vote does not count).

The other threads that people linked to relate to a time when the contest went through drastic changes.

And I agree that it was a long and painful teething process that put many people off from wanting to participate in any subsequent contests. Yes, four years... one of the contests took four years to go through the various phases because Staff designed it in some way and did not want to admit that it didn't work and did not want to start a next contest until the previous one was done and dusted. It was a sad chapter in contest history.

(Lots of broken promises, too. I remember being told that if only we can get X number of people in my language combination to vote in the current round of voting, we would proceed to the next round, and I contacted dozens of people individually to get them to vote, but in the end we did not go to the next round despite having reached relevant thresholds. And even though most of the contestants said "look, we don't mind the lack of votes in this round, just move us to the next round so that we can get closure", Staff wouldn't budge.)

The "new" design in those days was supposed to help ProZ.com deal with the fact that while earlier contests had only a couple of dozen participants, the later ones had hundreds...! So I understand the reason for new designs, but that particular contest was tanked by a lack of leadership and will-power.

But people's overall ratings will still be determined almost solely by the amount of red or green "ink" that appears on their translations.


I can only speak for myself, but when I vote for the best, second best and third best entry, I try to choose the best translations, not the translations with the most greens and the least reds. But I'm sure you're right: no doubt some people will vote for the entries with the most favourable colouring. This should encourage you to disagree whenever you can.

Lingua 5B wrote:
Out of 10 entries, 9 have nothing but dislikes, while the 10th one has some likes, but a bigger number of dislikes.


It is the same in my language combination, but it makes sense: it's easier to notice a mistake than it is to praise. I myself put a thumbs up only if something is truly spectacular, but thumbs down at the smallest infraction (though it is astounding just how many bad translations there are).

[Edited at 2020-12-07 20:35 GMT]
Samuel Murray
Samuel Murray
Ţările de Jos
Rating others' entries when you've entered yourselfExtenD, it works indeed.

Mina Chen wrote:

It works to some extend





It works to some extenD, pun intended. Extend is a verb, but perhaps I'm not in a position to judge, as I was not holding your pen, pardon your keyboard.

[Edited at 2020-12-07 19:17 GMT]
Lingua 5B
Lingua 5B
Bosnia şi Herţegovina




What members have said about ProZ.com translation contests

It was fun to translate [the contest source text] because it presents a certain idea or principle in many different ways (and words) and thereby reveals whether the translator has full command of his/her target language.
Anna Haxen
Danemarca

The contest was a good opportunity for us to polish and improve our work over and over again aiming for perfection.
tianshandun (X)
Canada

This was my first translation contest ever and I didn't expect to win. Taking part in it was already a nice experience! For someone who's relatively new to the translation business, this is like a wish come true.
macimovic
Ţările de Jos




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