British publishing house, “Hertfordshire Press”, is glad to invite our old and new friends to the fifth anniversary literary contest “Open Eurasia and Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival – 2016”.


Writers and poets, translators, illustrators and directors will have a unique opportunity to show themselves and their work to the world, as well as to meet with their readers and viewers, visit new places and take part in the contest with a total prize pool of $ 30 000. One of the goals of the contest is to reveal new names and talents, highlighting their work and achievements.

Each applicant can send one piece of their work between February 15th to June 15th 2016 in four categories: “The literary work”, “Translation”, “Illustration” and “Video”. The winner will receive a unique opportunity to publish their book, in English, in London.

The main prize of the contest “Open Eurasia and Central Asia-2016” is a grant of $ 17,000, which will go to the winner towards the publication of the first edition of the book in London, followed by its presentation at London Book Fair 2017.

In 2016, four prizes have been established:

  • Nemat Kelimbetov Prize for the amount of $5,000 for the winner of the video category and experimental film “Open Eurasia and Central Asia”;
  • Marziya Zakiryanova Prize for the amount of $5,000 for the best female work in any category of the competition, which will be put towards publishing the winner’s book.
  • Sora Eshanturaeva Prize for the amount of $3,000 for the best work on the subject of civil position.
  • Generals Award from the Association of Generals “Generals of the World for Peace”. The Association’s highest award of the “Dove of Peace” medal for the best work on the topic of strengthening peace, friendship and mutual understanding between peoples.

The aim of the “Open Eurasia and Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival” is to draw the attention of readers and experts on the past and present achievements of Eurasian writers; to introduce writers with representatives of publishing houses, their readers, libraries, educational institutions, the media; and promote the development of a multilateral dialogue between contemporary writers, poets, critics, editors and publishers.

For more information about the contest, conditions of participation, selection and excerpts from works of previous laureates and winners, please visit our official websitehttp://www.ocabookforum.com/competition/ and our Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/ocabookforum/.

Please send your application and good luck!



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