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Honorary Patrons

The Right Honourable
Adrienne Clarkson
The Honourable Senator
Raynell Andreychuk
Joy Kogawa
Nino Ricci

Advisors during Phase One:

Nik Burton
Coteau Books

Kitty Lewis
Brick Books

Jack Rabinovitch
Scotia Giller Prize

Antanas Sileika
Humber College School for Writers

Geoffrey Taylor
Harbourfront International Authors Festival

Nora Taylor
Charles Taylor Prize for Non Fiction
    The Kobzar Literary $25,000 Biennial Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who develop a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit in one of several genres: literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry, young readers' literature, plays, screenplays and musicals.

March 1 Kobzar 2018 Winner announced:

Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home wins 2018 Kobzar Literary Award

Anthology edited by Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski

March 1, 2018 (Toronto, Canada) Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski were awarded the 2018 Kobzar Literary Award at a gala dinner in Toronto tonight, for their book Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home. The winners received $20,000 from the Shevchenko Foundation and University of Toronto Press, publisher of the winning title, received $5,000.

Each of the finalists received $1500:
  • Bohdan S. Kordan for No Free Man: Canada, the Great War and the Enemy Alien Experience, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2016)

  • Natalia Khanenko-Friesen for Ukrainian Otherlands: Diaspora, Homeland, and Folk Imagination in the Twentieth Century, published by University of Wisconsin Press (2015)

  • Erin Moure for Kapusta, published by House of Anansi Press (2015)

  • Alexandra Risen for Unearthed: Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden  (a memoir), published by Viking, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Ltd. (2016)
Jury members Randy Boyagoda, Charlotte Gray CM and Maurice Mierau, winner of the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award, described the book of original essays by contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian writers as “a composite picture of an important literary community.” 

'Unbound': Winner of the
2018 Kobzar Literary Award

Please feel free to share/forward/tweet the following guest blog about the exciting Kobzar Award win that has just been posted:  https://utorontopress.com/us/blog/2018/03/12/

"This Story Has Lessons for all Canadians" The 2018 Kobzar
Literary Award Finalists on Ukrainian Canadian Writing & Culture

Click here to read the full article.

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Key Dates
January 31, 2019
Deadline for submissions for awarding in March 2020

What's New
The 7th Kobzar Literary Award Gala is SOLD OUT!
March 1, 2018 Gala at the
Palais Royale in Toronto

2017 Humber Writer's
Scholarship Recipients

Kobzar Writers' Scholarships awarded at Humber College

Ann Cavlovic with
David Bezmozgis

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano

Lesia Chytra with
Dr. Christine Turkewych

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano
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