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dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the birth of Victor Shnitke, poet and writer



Authors who write in German and Russian languages can take part in the competition, regardless of their age, nationality and geographic location.

Publishers, public organizations, mass-media, literature magazines, literary critics, writers’ unions and other literary organizations have the right to nominate for the contest, too.

The participants can put forward only the works that meet these requirements of content, genre and design. Only the works that haven’t taken part earlier in other contests are considered. Both the manuscripts and the published works are acceptable. Works in co-authoring are also permitted (in that case all the information about the co-authors must be presented in the application). Works under the assumed name can be put forward (but the real name must be specified in the application). Names of the real people aren’t permitted as the assumed names.


- to promote talented Russian-Germans;

- to attract attention to the services of Russian-Germans who made a significant contribution to the literature development;

- to increase the interest in German language and Russian-German culture;

- to attract attention to different prose and poetic genres;

- to support the creative work of Russian-Germans and other authors who write in Russian and German;

- assistance to the translators working with Russian-German literature;

- to support the literature experts studying Russian-German literature;

- to rouse the national self-awareness of Russian-Germans;

- to consolidate the friendly relations between Russia and other countries.


Olga Martens, the chairman of the organizing committee, - First Deputy President of the International Union of German Culture

Elena Saifert, the chairman of the jury, - writer, PhD

Oleg Cling, professor of the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow)

Nina Leontieva, professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Cand.Sc.(Philology), Moscow

Galina Danilina, professor of the Tyumen State University, PhD, Tyumen

Anna Drapalyuk, associate professor of Chernyshevsky Saratov State University, PhD, Saratov

Andrey Leyman, Cand.Sc.(Philology), Moscow

Alexander Raiser, prose writer (Berlin)

Uljana Iljina, translator (Moscow)

The jury works in the mode of e-mail correspondence, as its members live in different cities.

Founder of the contest: International Union of German Culture (IUGC)

Organizers of the contest: International Union of German Culture, Engels Centre of German Culture.

Coordinator in the Volga region – Aleftina Shuvayeva

Coordinator in Moscow – Elena Polkopina  

Statute of the Contest: Load
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