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Submission phase  
Apr 8 '19May 3 '19
Hybrid phase  
May 6 '19Jun 7 '19
Finals phase  
Jun 10 '19Aug 16 '19

About the Submission phase

During the Submission phase, entries may be submitted in any language pair, per contest restrictions. Contestants are allowed to edit their entries until the end of the Submission phase.

At the end of the Submission phase, all language pairs with submitted entries will be "paused" for review by the contest administrator.

About the Hybrid phase

During the Hybrid phase, individual language pairs can be placed in any of the Submission, Qualification, or Finals phases, depending on how many entries have been submitted.
  • Pairs which received fewer than 3 entries during the Submission phase will likely be placed in an "extended submission" period. If at least 3 entries are eventually submitted, the pair will be moved forward to the Finals phase.
  • Pairs which received between 3 and 7 entries will likely be placed directly into the Finals phase, where site users who list that language pair in their profile may vote for what they feel are the best entries.
  • Pairs which received more than 7 entries will likely be placed into the Qualification phase, where site users rate and tag entries in an effort to determine a smaller pool of entries which should move forward into the Finals phase.

About the Finals phase

During the Finals phase, all language pairs which have received at least 3 entries will be open for site users to vote for what they feel are the best entries. Pairs with fewer than 3 entries will not be able to have a winner determined.

At the end of the Finals phase, votes will be tallied by site staff, and winners in each pair will be announced.
Competition in this edition of translation contests is finished. Winners have been announced in 2 language pairs. Click here to view the winners »

It is now possible to discuss and provide feedback about the competition in each language pair by visiting the "Discussion & feedback" tab within each pair listed below. Submitted entries may also be discussed individually — consider congratulating the winners!

Source text

The following are the source texts for this edition of the translation contests. Contest participants are given the opportunity to submit translations of these texts into the languages of their choice. If three or more translators translate a text into a given language, the contest is "on" in that language pair. To learn more about the source texts, see the "About the source text" section below.
– From "Al-Nazaraat" by Mustafa Lutfi Al-Manfaluti
استيقظت في فجر هذا اليوم على صوت هرة تموء بجانب فراشي وتتمسح بي, وتلح في ذلك إلحاحا غريبا, فرابني أمرها وأهمني همها, وقلت: لعلها جائعة فنهضت وأحضرت لها طعاما فعافته وانصرفت عنه, فقلت: لعلها ظمآنة فأرشدتها إلى الماء فلم تحفل به, وأنشأت تنظر إلي نظرات تنطق بما تشتمل عليه نفسها من الآلام والأحزان, فأثر في نفسي منظرها تأثيرا شديدا حتى تمنيت أن لو كنت سليمان، أفهم لغة الحيوان؛ لأعرف حاجتها وأفرج كربتها، وكان باب الغرفة مقفلا فرأيت أنها تطيل النظر إليه وتتلصق بي كلما رأتني أتجه إليه, فأدركت غرضها وعرفت أنها تريد أن أفتح لها الباب، فأسرعت بفتحه فما وقع نظرها على الفضاء، ورأت وجه السماء، حتى استحالت حالتها من حزن وهم إلى غبطة وسرور وانطلقت تعدو في سبيلها، فعدت إلى فراشي وأسلمت رأسي إلى يدي وأنشأت أفكر في أمر هذه الهرة وأعجبت لشأنها وأقول: ليت شعري هل تفهم الهرة معنى الحرية, فهي تحزن لفقدانها وتفرح بلقياها، أجل؛ إنها تفهم معنى الحرية حق الفهم، وما كان حزنها وبكاؤها وإمساكها عن الطعام والشراب إلا من أجلها، وما كان تضرعها ورجاؤها وتمسحها وإلحاحها إلا سعيا وراء بلوغها.

About the source text

The source texts for translation contests are typically selected by members with a goal of providing interesting and challenging material that enables top translators to show their talent.

To ensure a fair competition, efforts are made to avoid texts for which published translations exist. If you know of the existence of a published translation of any of these source texts into any language, please notify the site staff with a support request.

The views expressed in these texts should not be considered representative of the views of either staff members or the members of the community who have selected the texts.