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  KOBZAR™ The Kobzar Literary Award - Shevchenko Foundation

Honorary Patrons

The Right Honourable
Adrienne Clarkson
The Honourable Senator
Raynell Andreychuk
Joy Kogawa
Nino Ricci

Advisors during Phase One:

Nik Burton
Coteau Books

Kitty Lewis
Brick Books

Jack Rabinovitch
Scotia Giller Prize

Antanas Sileika
Humber College School for Writers

Geoffrey Taylor
Harbourfront International Authors Festival

Nora Taylor
Charles Taylor Prize for Non Fiction
    About the Kobzar Literary Award

Presented every two years, the $25,000 prize recognizes a Canadian writer who most effectively presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme through poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction or young people’s literature.

The Shevchenko Foundation launched the Kobzar Literary Award at Hart House in Toronto on May 14, 2003.   The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literature through an author’s presentation of a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit. The inaugural Kobzar Literary Award Ceremony was held in March 2006 in Toronto.

Literary Arts with Canadian Ukrainian Themes are instrumental in:
  • Documenting the history of Canadian Ukrainians and analyzing traditional accounts
  • Exploring universal themes from a Ukrainian Canadian perspective
  • Showcasing unique aspects of Canadian Ukrainian immigration history, cultural and social values, and political issues
  • Presenting cross-cultural issues in a multicultural and diverse society
  • Setting role models for generations of Canadians interested in Ukrainian heritage
  • Becoming a source of great stories for Canadian movie scripts, plays, musicals and TV programs with economic and entertainment value.
Why support the Kobzar Literary Award?
The Shevchenko Foundation is a key player in the Ukrainian Canadian community with its mandate for heritage retention and cultural development. The Kobzar Literary Award challenges Canadian writers  to explore a Ukrainian Canadian theme. This award creates opportunities for Canadian writers to receive monetary reward and recognition and contributes to the development of literary arts in Canada.

For more information contact  Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director, at christine@shevchenkofoundation.com
    Key Dates
January 31, 2019
Deadline for submissions for awarding in March 2020

What's New
The 7th Kobzar Literary Award Gala is SOLD OUT!
March 1, 2018 Gala at the
Palais Royale in Toronto

2017 Humber Writer's
Scholarship Recipients

Kobzar Writers' Scholarships awarded at Humber College

Ann Cavlovic with
David Bezmozgis

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano

Lesia Chytra with
Dr. Christine Turkewych

Photo Credit: Marc Lappano

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