BBC Ukrainian adds Best Children’s Book to its Book of the Year 2012 accolade

We are really excited that, from this year, books for children will compete within a category of their own - and have a better chance for recognition."Nina Kuryata, Editor-in-chief, BBC Ukrainian
Date: 18.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.55
Category: World Service
BBC Ukrainian’s annual literary award, rewarding the best work of fiction in the Ukrainian language, will now expand to include children’s literature.

This year, BBC Ukrainian has launched Book of the Year (Книга року 2012) and Children’s Book of the Year (Дитяча Книга року 2012) awards in partnership with the Cultural Programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The selection process for the two literary accolades starts at the annual Lviv International Book Fair and Literature Festival. The new nomination for the best children’s book will be judged by the same panel that selects the BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year. This year the panel includes:

  • Vira Ageyeva, professor, Ukraine National University “Kiev-Mohyla Academy”
  • Olga Gerasymiuk, politician and TV presente
  • Nina Kuryata, editor-in-chief, BBC Ukrainian
  • Svitlana Pyrkalo, writer, EBRD Cultural Advisor
  • Rostyslav Semkiv, editor-in-chief, Smoloskyp publisher
  • Pavlo Solodko, journalist, “Ukrainska Pravda”

The winning author in each category will be awarded a Ukrainian hryvnya equivalent of £1,000. The publishers of the two winning books will have the right to use the logos of the BBC Ukrainian book awards on subsequent editions.

Nina Kuryata says: “The BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year award has become a prestigious fixture on the Ukrainian literary scene. We are really excited that, from this year, books for children will compete within a category of their own - and have a better chance for recognition.”

For the first time in the award’s eight-year history, the competition for the BBC Ukrainian Awards will be mounted in partnership with the Cultural Programme of the EBRD. Jonathan Charles, EBRD Director of Communications, adds: “We welcome the opportunity of partnering with the BBC to help promote Ukrainian literature for current and future generations of readers.”

Publishers can submit up to three books in each category, and up to two new books by previous winners. Submitted books must be works of fiction in the Ukrainian language, published within the last 12 months. For detailed terms and conditions, go to bbc.ua.

The long-lists in each category will be selected by the BBC Ukrainian team. The panel will select shortlists and winners.

The deadline for nominations is 1 October 2012. The winner will be announced in December 2012.

Past years’ winners are:

2011 - “Blue Waters” by Volodymir Rutkivskiy (Володимир Рутківський "Cині води"

2010 - “Voroshilovgrad” by Sergiy Zhadan (Сергій Жадан “Ворошиловград”)

2009 - “TAKE” by Izdrik (Іздрик "ТАКЕ")

2008 - “Milk and Blood” by Lyuko Dashvar (Люко Дашвар “Молоко з кров’ю”)

2007 - “Andriyivskyy Descent” by Volodimir Dibrovа (Володимир Діброва “Андріївський узвіз”)

2006 - “Capital” by Sergiy Zhadan (Сергій Жадан “Капітал”)

2005 - “Spring Games in Autumn Gardens” by Yuriy Vinnichuk (Юрій Винничук “Весняні ігри в осінніх садах”).

For more information please contact:

BBC: Lala Najafova - lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk / +44 7912 583836

EBRD: Svitlana Pyrkalo - pyrkalos@ebrd.com / +44 780 251 0751