Literary Prize of the Kindred Peoples’ Programme 2012

The Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme and the Association of Finno-Ugric Literatures announce a literary prize contest among writers and translators belonging to the Uralic kindred peoples’ communities that have no nationhood.

The Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme announces prizes in the following categories of literature:

  1. Literary fiction (novel, collection of stories, story).
  2. Poetry.
  3. Translated work (novel, collection of novels, collection of poetry, play, collection of essays; preference is given to works translated from Uralic languages).
  4. Children’s book.
  5. Drama (play, screenplay, opera libretto).

Works liable to be nominated to a prize include original fiction prose, poetry, children’s book, drama, and translated fiction, which have been published during the last four years (2008–2011) as a book. Prizes are awarded for works written in Uralic languages, the literary and linguistic qualities of which will be renowned by the expertise, and they will therefore be a contribution to the preservation and development of a native language.

The value of the prize is 1250 Euros; two prizes will be awarded (one prize is awarded to one author, as a rule). It will be the prerogative of the jury to decide in which category the prize is to be awarded and in which it is to be withdrawn.

The prize winners will be notified on 1st November – the day commemorating the execution of the Udmurt writer Kuzebai Gerd.

Participation requirements:

Prize nominees (nominee proposers) should submit:

  1. Two copies of a published work.
  2. 1-2 letters of recommendation/ expert evaluation (in Estonian, Russian, or English).
  3. Letter of application (in Estonian, Russian, or English) with the author’s name (also pen name), date of birth, work place, home and work place address and telephone numbers, fax and e-mail address (if available).
  4. List of author’s earlier publications, including translated works (in Estonian, Russian, or English).

The jury will be reviewing works submitted to the contest once a year.

Application deadline: 1st September. The required works and documents should be submitted to the Council of the Kindred Peoples’ Programme:

Secretariat of the Council of the Kindred Peoples’ Programme
Department of Finno-Ugric Studies, Ülikooli 18, Tartu 50090, Estonia

Letters of recommendation, the application form, and a list of publications should be e-mailed, if possible: e-mail address or sent as fax: fax numbers +372 7 375 222 or +372 7 376 216.

All the required documents should be sent in computer- or type-writing.

For additional information phone or write to Arvo Valton: tel. +372 6013074; mob. tel. +372 5110794, e-mail:

The Council of the Estonian Kindred Peoples’ Programme

Source: Fenno-Ugria


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