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  KOBZAR™ The Kobzar Literary Award - Shevchenko Foundation

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

January 15, 2017 deadline for March 2018 awarding.

The Prize
  • The Kobzar Literary Award, valued at $25,000, is awarded every second year. The author of the winning submission will be awarded $20,000 and the publisher of the work will be awarded $5,000.
  • The Kobzar Literary Award is sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, a National, chartered philanthropic institution
  • Authors must be either Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
  • Eligible genres: literary non-fiction, fiction, young people’s literature, poetry, play/screenplays/musicals
  • Ukrainian Canadian theme evident primarily
  • No self published books shall be eligible.
Submission Terms
  • Works may be submitted by writers, publishers or literary agents.
  • All books must have an ISBN, and be distributed in book form in Canada.
  • Reprints will not be considered.
  • Titles may be submitted only once.
  • There is no limit to the number of titles that may be submitted by a nominator, provided that the work entered meets all other eligibility requirements.
Submission Requirements
  • A completed and signed entry form
    Download the entry form here (PDF).
  • Author’s curriculum vitae
  • Each nomination must be submitted with a letter of consent from the author.
  • Note: A letter of consent from the author is not required if the publisher is submitting the entry form.
  • Six (6) copies of the publication must be submitted to :
               Kobzar Literary Award
               Ukrainian Canadian Foundation
               of Taras Shevchenko
               c/o 96 Yorkleigh Avenue
               Toronto, ON M9P 1Y7
Submission Process
  • Submissions will be judged by a maximum four person jury in a peer review process.
Award Announcements
  • The composition of the jury will be announced four (4) months prior to announcing a winner.
  • A shortlist will be published two (2) months prior to announcing a winner.
Conditions of the Prize
  • All entry material, including book copies, will become the property of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko
  • Nominated and/or winning author(s) to participate in all reasonable publicity associated with The Kobzar Literary Award, including interviews, readings and appearances.
  • Publishers to include the Kobzar Award decal on all copies of the shortlisted and/or winning book(s) on all subsequent reprints. These decals or their template will be provided by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko.
All inquires should be directed to:

Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director
Literary Arts – Kobzar Award Program

Email: christine@shevchenkofoundation.com

Shevchenko Foundation
202 - 952 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R2W 3P4
Website: www.shevchenkofoundation.com
Phone: (204) 944-9128
Toll Free: (866) 524-5314
    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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