U.S. and German writers win Russian Prize

Author of the project Russkaya Premiya, Tatyana Voskovskaya, announces winners. File photo, 2016.

Author of the project Russkaya Premiya, Tatyana Voskovskaya, announces winners. File photo, 2016.

Press photo
8 other foreign Russian-speaking authors also awarded.

Russkaya Premiya (Russian prize) announced the winners of its 2016 season on April 21.

The prize is awarded to Russian-speaking authors who live abroad. The aim of the award is to preserve and develop the Russian language and support writers that use Russian.

The 12th season of the prize received 525 applications from 41 countries, including Brazil, the U.S. and Thailand.

Poetry prizes

First place went to Gennady Rusakov (U.S.) for his poetry collection "The Days" ("Дни"), Voimega publishing house.

Second was Sergei Soloviev (Germany) for "Her names" ("Ее имена"), NLO publishing house.

Third, Oleg Yuriev (Germany) for his "Poems and chorus of the latest time" ("Стихи и хоры последнего времени"), NLO.

Short stories

First place - Tatyana Dagovich (Germany) for her manuscript "Keeping the trains moving" ("Продолжая движение поездов").

Second place - Leya Lyubomirskaya (Portugal) for a collection of short stories "And they didn't go their separate ways anymore. Scary and touching stories" ("И с тех пор не расставались. Истории страшные, трогательные и страшно трогательные"), Astrel-SPb publishing house.

Third place - Andrei Zhvalevsky and Yevgeniya Pasternak (Belarus) for their "Open final" («Открытый финал»), Vremya publishing house.

Novels

First place - Mikhail Gigolashvili (Germany) for his "Mysterious Year" ("Тайный год"), AST - Yelena Shubina publishers. This book is also long-listed for one of Russia's leading Big Book Prize.

Second place - Shirin Shafiyeva (Azerbaijan) for a manuscript of the novel "Salsa and shank" ("Сальса и Веретено").

Third place - Vladimir Lidskoy (Kyrgyzstan) for "Tales of our blood. Metafiction" ("Сказки нашей крови. Метароман"), Ripol classic publishing group.

The prize is supported by the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center. Tatyana Voskovskaya is author and manager of the project.

Read more: Russian Literature Week 2017 in New York City