In its first year, the competition will focus on French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. Entrants will translate a passage from one of those languages into English, and will also have the opportunity to submit more 'imaginative' translations – a passage from a novel might be reimagined as a short film or comic strip, for example.
Bringing more international culture into the classroom is a central aim of the prize, and so all passages – fiction and non-fiction – will be rich in cultural content, and creativity in the translation will be rewarded.
Information for Teachers
Registration for the prize will open in autumn term 2020. Entry will be free for state schools, but we expect to request a small donation from participating independent schools.
All participating teachers will receive a teaching pack with videos, worksheets and presentations featuring students of Modern Languages at Oxford University. The first pack will provide teaching material for European Day of Languages and International Translation Day, both of which fall at the end of September.
The competition is generously supported by The Queen's College, St Hugh's College and the Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association. Prizes have been kindly donated by Penguin Classics.
This competition is inspired by the 'Juvenes Translatores' competition run by the European Commission, for which UK students are no longer eligible. We are grateful for the advice & support of our colleagues at the former European Commission Representation in the UK, which closed in December 2019.