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Unread 10-04-2021, 02:34 AM
Julie Steiner Julie Steiner is offline
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Default The winners!

Congratulations to the top three vote-getters in each category:

Most Faithful Translation (in letter, or in spirit, or both):

     First Prize (with 12 points) = Martin Rocek, Post #9
          The art of alchemy alone
          can transmute hardened Falsity

     Second Prize (with 9 points) = Ann Drysdale, Post #10
          You’d have to be an alchemist
          to render down duplicity

     Third Prize (with 8 points) = Susan McLean, Post #8
          One would need alchemy, no less,
          to try to change Duplicity

Most Fun and/or Fascinating "After":

     First Prize (with 9 points) = Ann Drysdale, Post #29
          You’re up to no good, I can tell.
          I’ve just heard the smoke-alarm bell

     Second Prize (with 6 points) = Roger Slater, Post #23
          Higgeldy piggeldy,
          falsity, loyalty,

     Third Prize (with 5 points) = Mary McLean, Post #26
          You’d better study alchemy
          if you want me to take this shit

I'll PM the above folks to schedule their prize-selection sessions via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime.

I'm grateful for the time and talent that went into creating all 25 enjoyable entries in the original thread, and of course to Charles d'Orléans for writing such captivating source material.

One of the traditional reasons for this celebration is to lure more traffic to the Translation Board, and to persuade people that they are qualified to opine about the quality of a verse translation even if they don't know the source language. I hope people will find it less intimidating to comment on the translations workshopped here.

I'd be thrilled if several of the entries here get published. (Even publications that don't specifically mention verse translations or poems written "after" others will often publish them.)

To facilitate possible publication, I'll ask Jayne if these contest-related threads might be pruned (or moved to the password-protected Eratosphericals area) sooner rather than later. Competitors, be sure to save the original and the English prose crib in addition to your own work, in case an editor asks you to provide those at some point.

Last edited by Julie Steiner; 10-04-2021 at 03:00 AM.
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Unread 10-04-2021, 10:06 AM
Bruce McBirney Bruce McBirney is offline
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Congrats to Martin and Ann and the other winners...and to all for their fun and varied posts!

And thanks especially to Julie for for taking the time to set up a fun event!

Best, Bruce
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Unread 10-04-2021, 01:17 PM
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Martin Rocek Martin Rocek is offline
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Wow! I'm so flattered, and congratulations to Ann and Susan; I'm sorry that I didn't vote--I was traveling and offline. I love the fun ones. I also realized that I have a mistake in S3 L1--I'm missing an unstressed syllable after "more".

But most of all, thank you Julie for doing this!
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Unread 10-04-2021, 02:16 PM
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Sarah-Jane Crowson Sarah-Jane Crowson is offline
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Congratulations to all the winners!!!

I've probably told you all enough to not need further repetition, but it was great fun to participate and something I'd never have thought of trying. Thank you, Julie and everyone for writing such wonders!

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Unread 10-04-2021, 06:07 PM
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To facilitate possible publication, I'll ask Jayne if these contest-related threads might be pruned (or moved to the password-protected Eratosphericals area) sooner rather than later.
Hi Julie,
First of all, well done for instigating and facilitating such a great competition, and congratulations to the winners!
I can move or prune this and any subsequent threads - just let me know which you'd prefer.

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