CONTEST RULES

Competition Rules: Open Eurasia 2020

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
(from February 15, 2020 until September 5, 2020)

The organizers of the international festival and competition «Open Eurasian Literary Festival and Book Forum» (OEBF) are happy to announce that applications are now open for their 9th Literary Contest — «Open Eurasia 2020».

The competition is open to writers, poets, translators, illustrators and journalists from across the world to participate in the competition with a total prize fund of $ 40,000 (USD).

Only one submission is allowed in each of the following categories and subcategories:

1. Literary work:

1.1. Prose;

1.2. Short prose;

1.3. Poetry;

1.4. Publicism;

1.5. Book review.

2. Literary translation.

3. Illustration.

If the application is successful, the work will appear on the official website of the contest until September 25, 2020.

Terms and Conditions of entry:

 — Only one submission is allowed in each of the categories and subcategories.
— Works containing pornography, calls for extremism, propaganda of violence and cruelty, national intolerance, drugs and other inappropriate texts are not eligible in this competition. Participants may be disqualified from the entire competition if they submit this kind of work in any category or subcategory.
— The organisers retain the right to remove the participant’s work from the official website of the contest at any time.
— The organisers are not obliged to alter or change any work on request of the participant. (Read more in the section FAQs).
— Exclusive copyright for all submitted works belong to the authors. In accordance with the legislation of the United Kingdom the participant who submitted the work, the author of which he\she is not, takes full responsibility to the holder of exclusive copyrights to the work.
From 2019 only members of the Eurasian Creative Guild can participate for FREE in the Open Eurasia competitions (If you’re not yet a member, you can get your membership at the time of submission or simply pay a single entry fee. Please complete your membership registration here).
— For ‘first-time’ participants in the subcategories «Publicism», «Book review» and «Illustration» it is possible to get FREE MEMBERSHIP until December 1 2020 if you volunteer to fulfil the tasks of the organising committee (writing work or make artwork on a specific topic).
All conditions on the official website of the competition may be changed by the Organisers without negotiation and notification of participants and other parties involved.
— If the application conditions are met, the work will appear on the official website of the contest, so that readers can vote for it. However, readership vote is not critical to the selection of finalists.


How to submit & Application conditions:

1.1 & 1.2 — Prose and Short Prose

Participants can submit:
Prose (story, novel);
Short Prose (up to 7 000 (seven thousand) words);
— One work not previously published in English (in each subcategory).

>> the participant form <<


On completion of the registration form it is necessary to send all documents to: konkurs2020@ocamagazine.com

You will need to format your email with the following:
Subject Line: [category] [your name]
Email content:

  1. a synopsis and/or an excerpt from the work (from 1000 to 1500 words) for publication on the website
  2. the full text of the work (as an attachment)
  3. a photo of the author (alone) in good quality (size not less than 1 Mb)


Works are accepted in Russian, English, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Ukrainian, Romanian, Belarusian and Tatar languages. Contest works can be performed in literary genres of poetry, short story, novel or essay on a free topic.

The deadline for application is 5 September 2020.

Dear participants, please be careful!If a participant doesn’t provide a short synopsis, the organising committee of the contest may disqualify the participant or may independently select and publish any excerpt from the work. The synopsis should be 1400 to 1500 words. Replacement and correction of the published synopsis at a later time will not be permitted.


1.3 — Poetry

Participants can submit:
— One poem or thematic collection of poetry;
— Works not previously published in English.

>> the participant form <<


On completion of the registration form it is necessary to send all documents to: konkurs2020@ocamagazine.com

You will need to format your email with the following:
Subject Line: [category] [your name]
Email content:

  1. an excerpt from the work (from 1 to 5 poems) for publication on the website
  2. the full text of the work (as an attachment)
  3. a photo of the author (alone) in good quality (size not less than 1 Mb)


Works are accepted in Russian, English, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Ukrainian, Romanian, Belarusian languages.

Dear participants, please be careful! If a participant does not provide an excerpt (in case of submission of a collection), the organising committee of the contest may disqualify the participant or may independently select and publish any excerpt from the work. Replacement and correction of the published synopsis at a later time will not be permitted.

The deadline for application is 5 September 2020.


1.4 — Publicism

Participants can submit:
— The topic of work is the applicants choice — however please see terms and conditions of works which will not be accepted;
— One work which has not been previously published (from 500 to 4000 words).

>> the participant form <<


On completion of the registration form it is necessary to send all documents to: konkurs2020@ocamagazine.com

You will need to format your email with the following:
Subject Line: [category] [your name]
Email content:

  1. a synopsis and/or an excerpt from the work (from 500 to 1000 words) for publication on the website
  2. the full text of the work (as an attachment)
  3. a photo of the author (alone) in good quality (size not less than 1 Mb)


Works are accepted in Russian, English, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Ukrainian, Romanian, Belarusian languages.

The deadline for application is 5 September 2020.

Dear participants, please be careful! If a participant does not provide an excerpt, the organising committee of the contest may disqualify the participant or may independently select and publish any excerpt from the work. Replacement and correction of the published synopsis at a later time will not be permitted


1.5 — Book review

Participants can submit:
— The review can be written on a book that is freely available on the Internet or you will be expected to email or post a copy of the book by request of the jury;
— One work which has not been previously published in English (no more than 500 words).

>> the participant form <<


On completion of the registration form it is necessary to send all documents to: konkurs2020@ocamagazine.com

You will need to format your email with the following:
Subject Line: [category] [your name]
Email content:

  1. the full review for publication on the website
  2. the full review (as an attachment)
  3. a photo of the author (alone) in good quality (size not less than 1 Mb)


Works are accepted in Russian, English, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Ukrainian, Romanian, Tatar and Belarusian languages.

The deadline for application is 5 September 2020.

Dear participants, please be careful! If a participant does not provide the full review, the organising committee of the contest may disqualify the participant or may independently select and publish any excerpt from the work. Replacement and correction of the published synopsis at a later time will not be permitted.


2. Literary translation

Participants can submit:
— A whole work or part of it (from 1000 to 3000 words);
— One work not previously published in English;
— A translation of an excerpt can be written of one of the books published by publishing house Hertfordshire Press or a translation of one of the OEBF contestants’s work of previous years. The list of works of previous years and links to them can be found on the competition sites: 2012 — 2016 on the site, 2017 here, 2018 — 2020 here.

>> the participant form <<


On completion of the registration form it is necessary to send all documents to: konkurs2020@ocamagazine.com

You will need to format your email with the following:
Subject Line: [category] [your name]
Email content:

  1. a synopsis and/or an excerpt from the work (from 1000 to 1500 words) for publication on the website
  2. the full text (as an attachment)
  3. a photo of the author (alone) in good quality (size not less than 1 Mb)


Accepted translation into Russian, English, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Ukrainian, Romanian, Belarusian languages.

Dear participants, please be careful! When you filling out the registration form of the OEBF contest participant, do not forget to write the name of the participant, the year of his participation in the OEBF contest and the name of the work on which you have completed the translation, or the name of the book published by Hertfordshire Press, on which you made the translation.
Also, if a participant does not provide an excerpt (in case of submission of a collection), the organising committee of the contest may disqualify the participant or may independently select and publish any excerpt from the work. Replacement and correction of the published synopsis at a later time will not be permitted.

The deadline for applications is 5 September 2020!


3. Illustration

Participants can submit:
One to five to works from each applicant;
— Illustration(s) of one of the books published by the publishing house Hertfordshire Press;
— Or illustration(s) of one of the works of the participants of the OEBF competitions of previous years;
— Or literary works submitted works to the competition this year.
(The list of works of previous years and links to them can be found on the website of the competition: 2012 — 2016 on the site, 2017 here, 2018 — 2020 here).

>> the participant form <<


On completion of the registration form it is necessary to send all documents to: konkurs2020@ocamagazine.com

You will need to format your email with the following:
Subject Line: [category] [your name]
Email content:

  1. the title(s) of the works & the name of the literary works being depicted.
  2. photographs of the illustrations no smaller than 300dpi, not less than 1mb (as an attachment)
  3. a photo of the author (alone) in good quality (size not less than 1 Mb)


Dear participants, please be careful! When you filling out the OEBF contest registration form, do not forget to write the participant’s name, year of participation in the OEBF contest and the name of the work to which your illustration was made, or the name of the book published by Hertfordshire Press.
Also, If a participant does not provide images, the organising committee of the contest may disqualify the participant or may independently select and publish any excerpt from the work. Replacement and change of the images at a later time will not be permitted.

The deadline for applications is 5 September 2020.