The Korney Chukovsky Literary Competition received a record 989 entries from 70 Russian regions, Moscow Deputy Mayor Natalya Sergunina said.
According to her, the organizers of the competition are pleased that “the award is of interest to authors from all over Russia.” Writers, poets and translators from 101 cities expressed their desire to take part in the competition. Most applications were sent from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Yaroslavl.
The winners will be selected in seven nominations, the prize fund of each is 1 million rubles. Traditionally, most entries are in the Best Prose for Children Eight to 12 category, the Vice Mayor said. The award is also given for the best collections of poetry for children and the best translations into Russian of children’s works.
In six specialized nominations, the work of participants will be evaluated by experts in the field of children’s literature. The jury is headed by children’s writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter Andrey Usachev. The co-chair of the jury is Dmitry Chukovsky, the great-grandson of Korney Chukovsky.
The winner of the seventh nomination – “The best work for children according to readers” – will be chosen by popular vote on the website of the Active Citizen project.
The competition is held by the Moscow Department of Culture. This year, the start of accepting entries was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Korney Chukovsky and International Children’s Book Day, which is celebrated on April 2.
In 2018, Moscow launched the large-scale My District program aimed at creating a quality environment throughout the capital. This includes a set of works that should provide each district with convenient transport, modern libraries and cultural centers, clinics and schools, comfortable places for recreation and sports. Each direction of the program takes into account the needs and wishes of residents.
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