Encounter: The Ukrainian-Jewish Literary Prize ™
Ukrainians and Jews have lived side-by-side on the territory of modern-day Ukraine for nearly two millennia. Separately and together, they weaved a tapestry that has left an indelible mark on Ukraine’s cultural, linguistic and historical legacy. Long periods of peaceful co-existence were also accompanied by years of tragedy, separating these two peoples through different historical experiences and narratives. Yet as the 21st century progresses, and as Ukraine and Israel shape their identities as independent states, shared threads remain, giving rise to new understanding of the past. The ‘Encounter’ prize aims to build on the common experiences of Ukrainians and Jews over the centuries, expressed in literature and nonfiction. The prize will be awarded annually to the most influential work in literature and nonfiction (in alternate years) that fosters Ukrainian-Jewish understanding, helping solidify Ukraine’s place as a multi-ethnic society and giving truth to the motto, “Our stories are incomplete without each other”.
March 16, 2020 for September 2020 awarding.
The submission period is open between January 16, 2020 and March 16, 2020.
The award, valued at 6000 Euros, is awarded annually. It consists of two categories, fiction and nonfiction, which will be awarded on alternate years.
Prize money is divided between the author and publisher, with the author receiving 4000 Euros and publisher 2000 Euros. Two (2) honorable mentions will receive 250 Euros each.
The prize is sponsored by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, a Canadian non-governmental organization, with the support of the BookForum and the Ukrainian Book Institute.
Books must be published in Ukraine.
Submitted works must reflect whole, or in part, some aspect of the Ukrainian-Jewish experience, whether it be through characters, the backdrop against which stories take place and so forth.
Priority will be given to original works in the Ukrainian language, although exceptional books translated from other languages will be considered.
Eligible genres: Literature (fiction and nonfiction). Fiction is defined as prose, poetry and drama. Nonfiction is defined as histories, biographies, memoirs, journalism, essays.
Works that foster inter-ethnic strife will not be considered.
No self-published works are eligible.
Books must exist in physical form and should be available in major Ukrainian bookstores.
Works may be submitted by publishers, book related non-profit organizations and publisher’s associations.
Titles may be submitted only once.
Submissions require two steps.
A completed electronically submitted entry form. The electronic entry form (Ukrainian) is available in Google Doc format here and must be received between January 16, 2020 and March 16, 2020.
A completed and signed paper copy of the entry form (Ukrainian available here) along with six (6) copies of the publication which must be received between January 16, 2020 March 16, 2020 at the address below. Please send to (via prepaid courier):
Ukrainian Jewish Encounter
29 Khreshchatyk Str., Room 50
(Only courier delivery to the specified address at the expense of the sender. The contact individual is Svitlana Shiman, +380 (67) 224-4339).
Submissions will be judged in two phases:
A committee of three individuals, chosen by board-approved representatives from the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter and in consultation with representatives of the BookForum and the Ukrainian Book Institute, will determine whether books meet eligibility criteria.
The final jury, chosen by board-approved representatives from the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter and in consultation with representatives of the BookForum and the Ukrainian Book Institute, will consist of three literati from Ukraine and abroad, with the jury head having two votes.
The composition of the jury will be announced four (4) months prior to announcing a winner.
A shortlist will be published within the one (1) month period (August) prior to announcing a winner.
Conditions of the Prize
All entry material, including book copies, will become the property of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.
Nominated and/or winning author(s) are to participate in all reasonable publicity associated with the prize including interviews, readings and appearances.
Publishers to include the prize decal on all copies of the shortlisted and/or winning book(s) on all subsequent reprints. These decals or their template will be provided by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.
Note: The first year of the prize will be in 2020, with the fiction (prose, poetry, drama) category. Works published from 2017-2019 will be considered. Publishers may submit only one work per year (thus 3 works in total can be submitted by eligible institutions).
The second year of the prize will be 2021, with the non-fiction category (histories, biographies, memoirs, journalism, essays). Works published from 2018-2020 will be considered. Publishers may submit only one work per year (thus 3 works in total can be submitted by eligible institutions).
Thereafter, works from the previous two years of publication for each category will be eligible.
For more information please contact:
Natalia A Feduschak
Director of Communications
Ukrainian Jewish Encounter
Mobile: +1 (720) 394-8184
Mobile (UA): +380 (66) 704-9681
Skype : nfeduschak