“Novellasia” competition’s selectees short-list
“Novellasia”‘s jury chairman Alex Ulko has announced a short-list of 15 authors. Five of these will go on to be chosen as the main winners on 1 May, the other ten becoming runners-up.
Short-list is available on Novellasia.net website.
The five winners will be translated into English and their works will be given publication priority, first as bilingual blog-novels and then as an illustrated e-book compilation. The runners-up will be published next as blog-novels in their original languages. After the runners-up, the rest of the contestants will be published throughout the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.
The choice was not in the least easy for Ulko and the rest of the jury. Nearly 100 authors submitted works in seven langauges to the competition. Those on the short-list were chosen for the freshness or sophistication of their linguistic style and the originality or professionalism of their approach.
Uzbekistan has emerged as the dominant force in the competition, with eight authors on the short-list. Next up is Kazakhstan with four authors, including one in the Kazakh language. Tajikistan is represented by two authors, and Kyrgyzstan by one, but all three submitted works in their nation’s titular languages. Unfortunately, there are no representatives from Turkmenistan on the short-list.