Announcing the 13th St. Jerome Translation Contest

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Worldwide | DGACM

To commemorate International Translation Day, celebrated every year on 30 September, the Languages Service of the Division of Conference Management of the United Nations Office at Geneva is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 St. Jerome Translation Contest.

The Contest is open to the following participants:

  • Current and former United Nations staff members in all entities of the United Nations system, irrespective of occupational group, contractual status or duty station
  • Current and former interns in all entities of the United Nations system, irrespective of occupational group or duty station
  • Staff from all accredited permanent missions to the United Nations
  • Students from MoU and partner universities

The test piece for contestants translating into English is a French text entitled "Le vintage : matière et mémoire". The test piece for contestants translating into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish or German is an English text entitled "Fingerprint Words".

Participants should paste the text of their entry into an email (rather than sending it as an attachment) and attach the registration form to their message. Participants who are on short-term contracts are asked to use a personal email address so that they can be contacted later.

Entries should be submitted to the following email address no later than 31 January 2018:

The entries will be evaluated by a panel of two to three judges for each language. Judges will pay particular attention to accuracy in conveying not only the meaning but also the nuances of the source text, and to style. As in previous years, each submission will be identified by a number and not by the name of the contestant in order to ensure anonymity in the selection process. The winners’ names will not be disclosed until the official announcement at the awards ceremony, to be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva on 9 May 2018. The exact venue will be announced in due time.

Contestants are requested to visit the new Contest website to download the texts for translation and the registration form.

About the St. Jerome Translation Contest

Launched in 2005 by the English Translation Service at UN Headquarters, the Contest is held each year to commemorate International Translation Day. In 2017, the Contest was welcomed by the General Assembly in its resolution 71/288 on the role of professional translation in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development. It serves to celebrate multilingualism within the United Nations and highlights the important role that translators and language professionals play in the work of the United Nations and in the world at large.