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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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Annual ProZ.com translation contest: "Celebrations"Finished
Entries2,839
Participants2,115
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 2007Finished
Entries240
Participants186
Language pairs18



Recent discussion about ProZ.com translation contests

Next translation contestjudges

Russell Jones wrote:

This has to be the way forward. Perhaps previous winners could be "encouraged" to act as judges.


Beatriz Ramírez de Haro wrote:

In order to identify the most talented translators you need talented judges, which unfortunately is not the case, at least in my experience.


And this is true for some previous winners, unfortunately.
Lyubov Tyurina
Lyubov Tyurina
Russian Federation
Next translation contestYes

Russell Jones wrote:

This has to be the way forward. Perhaps previous winners could be "encouraged" to act as judges.


Your idea is great! I hope they implement this solution. I mean, why wouldn't they...
Next translation contestYou must allow the participants to vote.

Of course every participant will find his contribution great and the best translation ever made and he will rate it with five points. However his other ratings will count and contribute to find a winner. After introducing this system you can be sure that every participant will vote and there won't be a lack of voters anymore and the votes for the own contributions will neutralise themselves. This system is simple and does not need any third party judges or something like that. Proz.com should give it a try.
Next translation contest100% agree

Carlos A R de Souza wrote:

If the contest wants to be fair, then the judges must be completely impartial – and to do that, they can't compete.


José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

Maybe for the next contest Proz should FIRST set up a panel of judges for a finite array of language pairs. The contest should then be limited to language pairs having a panel of at least five judges. What's the point of competing in something that lacks the resources to be evaluated?


This has to be the way forward. Perhaps previous winners could be "encouraged" to act as judges.
Russell Jones
Russell Jones
United Kingdom
Next translation contestA possible solution

Carlos A R de Souza wrote:

If the contest wants to be fair, then the judges must be completely impartial – and to do that, they can't compete.


Maybe for the next contest Proz should FIRST set up a panel of judges for a finite array of language pairs. Give them Kudoz, Browniz, dougnutz, whatever, but don't let them submit contest entries.

The contest should then be limited to language pairs having a panel of at least five judges. What's the point of competing in something that lacks the resources to be evaluated?




What members have said about ProZ.com translation contests

The contest was a good opportunity for us to polish and improve our work over and over again aiming for perfection.

I always thought of the contests to be a good chance to learn from our mistakes.

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.


ProZ.com Translation Contests. Patent pending.