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6 writers from Kazakhstan nominated for Russian Prize

03 march 2011, 02:10
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6 writers from Kazakhstan got into the long list of the Russian Prize 2010: three in the Long Prose category and three in the Short Prose category.

The long list was announced by the organization committee of the literary contest on March 1.

The literary works by Kazakhstan writers that got into the Long Prose category are:
The Last Hope Fund by Liliya Klaus,
I am 14 for Two Years Already. A Teenage Novel by Irina Kostevich,
Day eighth: Evolution Continues by Tatyana Shusharina.

The short-story collections of Kazakhstan writers featured in the Short Prose category are:
Fears of the Favorite City by Rustem Niyazov,
Earthy Ways by Aleksey Oleksyuk,
Destination. Road Pastorals by Yuriy Serebryanskiy.

The long list includes 36 literary works by writers and poets from 12 countries: U.S., Germany, France, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Azerbaijan.

642 writers from 42 countries of the world filed applications and sent their works for the 2010 competition.
The contest’s organizers say that the most number of literary works selected for the long list of the 2010 competition come under the Short Prose category: 212 collections of stories and novellas. Long Prose category includes 120 novels and Poetry category has 175 poetry books.

The most number of participants come from Ukraine, Israel, Germany, U.S. and Estonia.

Russian Prize is a literary contest for authors living outside of Russia, but write in Russian language. It is the only Russian literary contest for Russian-language writers from foreign countries. Its goal is to preserve and develop Russian language.

Winners of each of the categories of the annual contest get $5000 prize and are offered publishing contracts. Winners of the second and third places get $2000 and $1500 cash prizes.

A writer from Kazakhstan has attained a winning place in the contest only once. Leon Kostevich from Almaty with Countess, I dueled! won the second place in the Short Prose category in the Russian Prize 2007.

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