Lavrenty Zagoskin contest in Penza receives over 200 literary works
Penza, 15 June 2016. PenzaNews. Over 200 poems, stories and scientific novels were sent to the Lavrenty Zagoskin literary contest “Following the Guiding Star” held in the Penza region by the Russian Geographical Society together with the “Nation’s Potential” civil council.
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“An esteemed jury of renown writers and journalists already began judging the works and compiling this year’s first almanac of ‘Following the Guiding Star.’ This issue, dedicated to Lavrenty Zagoskin – legendary officer of the Russian Empire, discoverer, traveler, literary expert, who was born in the Penza region – will be published this autumn,” the regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society told PenzaNews.
According to them, the first semifinals of the contest will conclude on Wednesday, June 15. The next semifinals under the motto “Discover Russia Anew!” which will last through October 15 will follow after.
“The contest is open for professional writers and journalists and new amateur writers and researchers, regardless of their country, education and age,” they explained.
The Lavrenty Zagoskin international literary contest “Following the Guiding Star” is a part of the events dedicated to the 170th anniversary of the Russian Geographical Society.
The contest is open for travel stories, reports, novels and poems, particularly ones dedicated to a writer’s native land and compatriots, as well as society and environment protection, as well as children-oriented geographical writings. In addition, school students aged 17 and under may participate in a separate nomination “First Writing.”
Winners in each nomination will be able to publish their own books under the Russian Geographical Society Library run.
Some of the “Following the Guiding Star” almanacs will be presented to: Russian President and chairman of the RGS council Vladimir Putin; Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu; and RGS board members, such as the state administration head Sergei Ivanov, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Lomonosov Moscow State University principal Victor Sadovnichiy.