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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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Annual ProZ.com translation contest: "Celebrations"Submission phase
Entries1,658
Participants1,207
Language pairs189
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Exploring the desert: "The Doomed City"Submission phase
Entries6
Participants5
Language pairs3
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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 2007Finished
Entries240
Participants186
Language pairs18



Recent discussion about ProZ.com translation contests

How are new contest source texts chosen?consensus

Dear Jared,

I would obviously be able to correct the Writing errors found in the text (there are 4 altogether - and 1 of these is not even a typical writing error, but rather a correction to make the text more understandable), if it is chosen. Almost all of the people giving feedbacks agreed on them, so it would be an easy job. When I've proposed the source text, I haven't made any changes on it - despite seeing these errors -, because I did not want to change the original source text.
But the other, negative responses under the positive highlights were made by mistake, due to the above mentioned misunderstanding. There would be nothing to change, as the peers misunderstood the meaning of 'separation'.
Plus, I think the overall suitability of the text was not questioned - on the contrary, in the discussion 3 people expressed their opinion that the text is of average difficulty, interesting and 'Hungarian' at the same time.

Anyway, thank you for your help, whatever the decision will be!
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
United Kingdom
Annual ProZ.com translation contest 2014, "Celebrations" open nowNew Romanian source text now available

A new source text for
Romanian is now available for the contest. Thanks to those who helped in the process, and especially to those who took the time to evaluate it and provide their feedback!

Jared
Jared Tabor
Jared Tabor
Argentina
How are new contest source texts chosen?That could be made clearer, but doesn't seem to be the main issue for this text at this point

I'll have a look at how the "possibility for separation" tag can be made clearer. It does refer to parts of the text which can be translated in any of a number of ways.

Overall, the text has received both positive and negative feedback, through the tagging and and comments, and directly from members I contacted for their take on it, making a decision difficult at this point. It would be preferable to use a text where more of a consensus can be reached on its suitability. Another concern are the portions which have been tagged as writing errors (I am unable to determine if they are errors or what the corrections should be, of course).

Jared Tabor
Jared Tabor
Argentina
How are new contest source texts chosen?Possibility for differentiation???

To me, 'Possibility for separation' sounds like a clumsy way of saying the text can be translated in many different ways and could serve as a point to really assess the skills of the translators. Is it what was meant by that note?
How are new contest source texts chosen?'Possibility for separation'

Dear Jared,

Lately I have noticed that many people who try to help evaluate the propsed source texts are unfamiliar with the exact meaning of the upper mentioned 'Possibility for separation' tag.
For example, I have tagged several parts of the text I've proposed and most of these tags got a few negative responses, as people seem to misunderstand what this tag means. They commented 'nothing has to be separated here' -> meaning they thought I've tagged these parts because there's a writing error in them, and some words have to be written separately. This is obviously not the case and I've tried contacting these people to clarify the tag, without any success so far. So all in all I feel it would be nice to give some explanation above the 'Highlighting'-section of the page and clarify what this tag means - if it is possible.
More and more people seem to be interested in evaluating this source text, but I'm worried it won't be chosen because of these negative votes - even if they are marked as negative by mistake.
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy
United Kingdom




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
Denmark

I love the contest and I think it's an all-too-rare opportunity to get some feedback from our peers. May it continue long into the future and frequently!
patyjs
Mexico

We appreciate very much your efforts and we would like to thank you for your beautiful idea of ProZ.com translation contests.





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.


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