New translation contest: "The Doomed City", source text in Russian
Thread poster: Jared Tabor

Jared Tabor
Local time: 05:56
Jul 3, 2014

Dear members,

A new translation contest starts today, with a source text in Russian: an excerpt from Град обреченный, or The Doomed City by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Similarly to the last two translation contests, this is a one-text contest, and is separate from Celebrations, the annual translation contest, which has a Russian source text of its own.

The phases for this contest will be as follows:

  • July 3rd - August 7th: Submissions
  • August 8th - August 22nd: Hybrid (pairs with 3 or more entries move into either qualification or voting rounds)
  • August 25th - September 8th: Finals
  • Winners should be announced September 12th

If you work from Russian, or you know Russian and feel up to the challenge, take a break and try your hand at translating this extract.

See the contest and submit your entry here:

Happy translating,


"What about a source text in other languages?" translation contests depend on the collaboration of participants in many aspects-- voting, commenting, submitting entries, and also in finding suitable source texts in various languages (especially languages in which no member of the site team is native). You can help ensure source texts in a variety of languages for future contests by proposing a text in your native language. A feature has been created to allow the community to propose and comment on potential source texts for contests. Criteria for suitable contest source texts are also outlined.

To propose a source text, or to discuss other proposed texts, just go to

To stay up to date on translation contests, be sure to subscribe to contest notifications. You can do this from your email settings in your profile or by clicking on the link to subscribe found on contest pages:


Sarah McDowell  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Russian to English
+ ...
Sounds like fun Jul 3, 2014

This is rather exciting - thanks for holding these contests!


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Jared Tabor[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

New translation contest: "The Doomed City", source text in Russian

Advanced search

PerfectIt consistency checker
Faster Checking, Greater Accuracy

PerfectIt helps deliver error-free documents. It improves consistency, ensures quality and helps to enforce style guides. It’s a powerful tool for pro users, and comes with the assurance of a 30-day money back guarantee.

More info »
WordFinder Unlimited
For clarity and excellence

WordFinder is the leading dictionary service that gives you the words you want anywhere, anytime. Access 260+ dictionaries from the world's leading dictionary publishers in virtually any device. Find the right word anywhere, anytime - online or offline.

More info »

  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search