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Illinois High School Translation Competition


Are you a high school student who studies Italian and/or is a heritage speaker of Italian? If so, consider participating in the third annual Illinois High School Translation Competition, organized by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign! Participants in the Italian-English division will translate a 600-word contemporary literary text from Italian into English. This competition aims to promote the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and to provide high school students with an opportunity to get hands-on experience in translation.

All students who are enrolled in a high school in the state of Illinois are eligible to participate. Home-schooled students who reside in Illinois are also eligible to participate. The competition will be judged by university faculty and instructors who have native knowledge of the target languages and who have experience with translation. For each language division there will be one winner and up to two honorable mentions, up to the discretion of the judges. Winners and honorable mentions will receive a prize and a certificate, and they will be recognized at an award ceremony at the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago on December 8, 2023. For last year’s results, please see here.

To participate, please register here: The deadline to send in submissions is Monday, October 30 at 11:59 P.M. CDT, so register early to have more time to work on your translation! Please see here ( for more details, and email with any questions.