“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…

“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.

Watch for updates on our website Novellasia.net. You can also read interviews and stories about the contest and Central Asian literature on NewEurasia.net, and in our Facebook gorup.

 

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  • It is completely unfair. The weird thing about the contest is the fact that you don’t have the juries in all languages. You are organizing a competition on writing novels etc, but you don’t have a jury to assess those works in those languages. For example, I submitted my works in Turkmen. And I wonder who assessed my works.

    An Ulko can not be speaking in Turkmen. An Ulko can not have anything to comment regarding the Turkmen’s works, since he/she can not speak Turkmen. So who could have eliminated Turkmens’ works from the short list? It can be anyone from new(?)eurasia team who can’t understand Turkmen.

    Organizing literary contests without juries!!! How funny!
    Shame on you!!!

  • […] Председатель жюри «Новеллазии», Алексей Улько, после обсуждений с консультантами из всех стран Центральной Азии, выбрал финальную пятерку победителей из шорт-листа, включавшего 15 человек. […]

  • […] “Novellasia”’s jury chairman, Alex Ulko, in consultation with judges from throughout Central Asia, has chosen five final winners from a short-list of 15. […]

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