The 5 Year Evolution of OEBF

photo-for-the-portalYears and centuries pass, people and countries change, some civilizations disappear and others are born. The fast twenty-first century surprises us with technological inventions and scientific discoveries. Despite all these world changes, the timeless art of writing will forever be a great spiritual heritage of the humankind.

We are always happy to get acquainted with the classics, but time does not stand still and as the contemporary literature develops it requires a place in history. “Open Eurasian Book Forum & Literature Festival” was launched as an international literary festival, which helps to promote contemporary authors.

The festival has been held annually since 2012. In 2015 a non-profit organization Eurasian Creative Guild (London) became a patron of the “Open Eurasian Festival”. The “Open Eurasian Book Forum & Literature Festival” has taken place in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Almaty (Kazakhstan), London and Cambridge (UK).

Famous writers have been in attendance, such as Janusz Leon Wisniewski, Elchin Safarli, Paul Wilson, Hamid Ismailov, Sultan Raev, Mukhtar Shakhanov and Georgy Pryakhin. Public figures have joined too, including  former President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva, ambassadors of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, USA Turkey, Tajikistan; professors of Oxford and Cambridge universities; ministers of culture from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan; and even royal persons such as Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia and representatives of House of Lords.

The international Literary Festival “Open Eurasian Book Forum & Literature Festival” consists of three parts:

  1. A Literary Contest, which includes 4 categories of work: “Literature”, “Translation”, “Illustration” and “Film”.
  1. The festival aims to bring together both the well-known and young talented authors, who belong to different literary schools, and serves to revive interest in a wide range of literature among the general population.
  1. Book Forum, which includes workshops, discussion panels and scientific conferences.

Modern literature, as well as contemporary art in general, is in a constant state of exploration. So the literary contest «Open Eurasia», being the key addition of the “Open Eurasian Book Forum & Literature Festival”, year after year seeks to find and publish both new and well-known masters of the pen.

The international literary contest «Open Eurasia» (formerly known as the «Open Central Asia and Eurasia») is an open and interactive competition, available for writers, poets, translators, illustrators and directors. It is based on the principle of openness and interaction of all the arts on the basis of literature, providing an opportunity to establish a dialogue and communication within the literary and cultural space, and enabling authors to express themselves. The main prize of the contest, is a grant for the publication of the winner’s book in London in English. It should be noted that the prize fund this year has almost doubled in comparison with the first year of the contest, reaching US $ 32,000. Today, 7 books have been published as a result of the contest. Furthermore, excerpts of the finalists’ works have been published in the annual anthology titled, «Creative Collaboration»

Every year has seen increases not only the prize fund, but in the number of applications and the geography of contestants. In the first year of the contest (2012) 140 applications were submitted from 22 countries, in 2013 — 170 applications from 20 countries, in 2014 — 450 applications from 22 countries, in 2015 — 800 applications from 28 countries, and 2016 — 1300 applications from 40 countries.

The rapid development of the «Open Eurasia» contest shows the great interest in modern literature and its importance in the world. And the festival “Open Eurasian Book Forum & Literature Festival” contributes to the union of the whole Eurasian region, helping authors to prove themselves, to show their work around the world, and readers to learn about authors who in future will become as famous as Shakespeare, Pushkin, Akhmatova, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

OECABF-2016 Contest

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V LITERARY CONTEST

«OPEN EURASIAN BOOK FORUM & LITERATURE FESTIVAL — 2016»

Eurasian Creative guild with partnership British publishing house «Hertfordshire Press» are 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 work from February 15 to September 15, 2016 in four categories: «The literary work», «Translation», «Illustration» and «Video». The winner receives a unique opportunity to publish his book in English in London.

The main prize of the contest «Open Eurasia -2016» is a grant of $ 17,000, which will go to the winner for the 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 the publishing of the book of the winner.
  • 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 “Open Eurasian Book Forum & Literature Festival” is to draw the attention of readers and experts on the past and present achievements of the Eurasian writers; to introduce writers with representatives of publishing houses, their readers, libraries, educational institutions, the media; 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 website http://www.ocabookforum.com/competition/ and our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ocabookforum/ .

Please send your application and good luck!

«Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo» almanac releases new edition

Hertfordshire Press

On the results of «OECABF»:

The second edition of the literary almanac «Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo» 

Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo_2In continuation of the annual festival «Open Eurasia and Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival 2015», British publishing house «Hertfordshire Press» is pleased to inform you, our dear readers, about the release of the «Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo» literary almanac’s second edition.

The edition – a unified voice of our generation — is presented by the works of young, however truly talented authors of different ethnical and cultural backgrounds. Only the authors of present can capture the full story of our society with its all questions and concerns, hopes and achievements. Opening this book is similar to discovering the word of the modern writer — the word, which will pass through the generations.

Contemporary literature, as well as contemporary art in general, is in the constant state of search. Therefore, «Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo», being reflection of the literary contest «Open Eurasia and Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival», year after year looks for new talents and publishes new names.

The second edition of «Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo» includes works and fragments from the works of the fourth contest winners. During the contest held in 2015, the following authors in the four categories were selected and published:

Category of Literary Work:

  • Zinaida Longortova (Russia)
  • Alexander Zelichenko (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Espenbetov Kurmanbaev (Kazakhstan)
  • Shahodat Ulug (Netherlands Uzbekistan)
  • Alex Strom (Belarus)
  • Alia (Uzbeksistan)
  • Alexander Spiridonov (Uzbekistan)
  • Vladimir Cpektor (Germany)
  • Werner (Kazakhstan)
  • Elena Gero (Italy)
  • Inga Polyakova (Russia)
  • Irina Tskhai (Russia)
  • M. Osvort (Russia)
  • Madina Baibolova (Kazakhstan)
  • Max Nevoloshin (Australia)
  • Marguerite Lena (Kazakhstan)
  • Marina Goncharenko (Russia)
  • N. Raj (Russia)
  • Nikolai Vekshin (Russia)
  • Sardor Ibragimov (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Safar Kattaboev (Uzbekistan)
  • Sirodjiddin Ikromi (Tajikistan)
  • Stanislav Greyhounds (Russia)
  • Tamara Balavadze (Georgia)
  • Tatiana Dittrich (UK)
  • Brno Onaygul (Kazakhstan)
  • Ulutman (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Fyokla Guder (Ukraine)
  • Helen Lu (Belarus)
  • Inno3dak (Kazakhstan)

Category of Literary Translation:

  • Ihtiyar Hodge (Australia-Uzbekistan)
  • Natalia Poly (Russia)
  • Sidorov (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Alexander Gerasimov (Russia)
  • Alexander Montag (Russia)
  • Anastasia Yuldashev (Kazakhstan)
  • Atamanov Anton (Belarus)
  • Cassandra (Russia)
  • Larissa Adonkin (Russia)
  • Tanita Alexeyev (Kazakhstan)

Category of Illustration:

  • Nikolai Anisimov (Ukraine)
  • Regina Relang (Russia)
  • Anastasia Ermolina (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Irina Sergeeva (Belarus)
  • Porotov Evgeny (Russia)
  • Irina Lifshitz (Russia)
  • Maral Zhumanalina (Kazakhstan)
  • Aygerim Tusupova (UK)
  • Ayia Kirgizbaeva (Kazakhstan)
  • Anastasia spines (Russia)
  • Vladimir Khudyakov (Kazakhstan)

Category of video:

  • Kamal Hasanov (Azerbaijan)
  • Vladislav hot (Kazakhstan)
  • Flora Gazieva (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Zarina Akchurina (UK)
  • Elena Makarchuk (Russia)
  • Maria Abadieva (Kazakhstan)
  • Marjane Dzhambekov (UK)
  • Marseille (Kazakhstan)
  • Julia Sagadatova (Russia)
  • Julia Eff (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Shahsanem Murray (Scotland Kyrgyzstan)

Official participants:

  • Danata Davronova
  • Zaur Hasanov
  • Turusbek Maldibaev
  • Halima Ahmedova
  • Hamid Ismailov
  • George Pryakhin
  • Oksana Almazov
  • A Satybaldyev
  • Batyrkhan Dzhenalaev
  • Elena Lobanova
  • Shaxzoda Nazarov

Also, in «Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo» you will find the awards as well as terms and conditions of the fifth international contest «Open Eurasia and Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival 2016», which will start in February 2016.

The almanac will be released on March 2016 in London. The presentations of «Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo» will be held in London, Almaty, Astana, Bishkek, Tashkent, Dushanbe, Kazan, Salekhard, Yakutsk and Minsk.

«Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo» will be distributed among the participants of the literary festival OECABF, in bookstores and will also be available online in both hard copy and electronic format: www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.com, www.alibris.com.

The price of the almanac is 20 GBP / 28 $ / € 25 / 2 200 KGS / 10 000T / 2200₽

Now we provide 20% discount for all pre-orders.

The discount is valid till March 1, 2016.

Discount price is

16 GBP / 22 $ / € 20 / 1 760 KGS / 8000 T / 1760 ₽

Shipping expenses are not included.

So, we invite you to go on an amazing journey through the pages of «Tvorcheskoe sodrujestvo»!