Literary prize contest 2015

Estonian Kindred People’s ProgrammeThe 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 prize will be contested in the following categories:

  • Literary fiction (novel, collection of stories, story).
  • Poetry.
  • Translated work (novel, collection of novels, collection of poetry, play, collection of essays; preference is given to works translated from Uralic languages).
  • Children’s book.
  • 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 (2011–2014) 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 size of the prize fund is 2500 Euros. The decision on the quantity of the prizes and the size of each prise will be made by the contest jury who will also decide in which categories the prizes will be awarded.

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:

  • Two copies of a published work.
  • 1-2 letters of recommendation/ expert evaluation (in Estonian, Russian, or English).
  • 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, e-mail address.
  • 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 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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