Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

12th Annual Classical Translation Contest

Thursday, February 13, 2014
5:00 AM
Comparative Literature Office in 2015 Tisch (2nd Floor).

Submissions are due by TUESDAY, April 1, 2014.

Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce the 13th Annual


Students from all departments across the University of Michigan are invited to submit translations of texts from Latin, Ancient Greek, and Modern Greek. Submissions are due by TUESDAY, April 1, 2014.

We know that there are many people inspired by the beauty of these languages who wish to render them more freely and creatively than classwork often involves. This contest is intended to highlight the work of students who are interested in the process of translation as a creative, intellectually meaningful enterprise. We welcome students in Classics and other languages and literatures as well as creative writers and students interested in translating Greek and Latin into other media, such as music, the visual arts, screen arts, theater, dance, etc.

Faculty in all departments are encouraged to announce this contest to their classes. We invite graduate students to inform their own undergraduate language and writing classes about this contest, and to enter it themselves.There will be two categories of contestants (graduate and undergraduate) and up to three prizes of $100 will be given in each category for winning entries of original translations from the languages of Greek or Latin of any era. Winning authors will have the opportunity to present their translations and receive their prizes at the annual Classics awards ceremony on April 22, 2014.


1. Please submit your work anonymously in the following format: include your translation without your name; a copy of the original text you have translated; and a cover page with your name, the title and author of the original text, your contact information (email, phone number, address, and department), and whether your entry is for the undergraduate or graduate level.

2. Submissions are due April 2, 2012 to the Comparative Literature Office in 2015 Tisch (2nd Floor).

3. All submissions will be judged anonymously by a panel of faculty members from Classics, Comparative Literature, English, and related departments.

4. Students affiliated with any UM department are eligible.

5. All work should consist of original translations/interpretations of works from Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, or Latin.

6. Original works may be in prose or verse and translations may be in prose, verse, or other format, such as multi-media.

7. Maximum length of written submissions is five double-spaced pages.

8. In each category (undergraduate and graduate), the prizes will be gift certificates to a local bookstore of $100 each.

9. Winners will be invited to present their translations at the annual Classics Department awards ceremony
on April 17, 2012.