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Shevchenko Foundation announces 2021 Emerging Writers Short Prose competition $1,500 winner

Jan 27, 2021 | Featured, Arts & Culture

The Shevchenko Foundation is pleased to announce that “Carpathian Spruce” by Thunder Bay area writer Adrian Lysenko is the winner of the 2021 Emerging Writers Short Prose Competition.

The $1,500 prize is awarded annually to a Canadian writer for the best piece of unpublished prose of up to 1,500 words in the English language on a topic with a tangible connection to the Ukrainian Canadian experience.

“Genuine, understated, and moving, “Carpathian Spruce” develops so sure-footedly you feel you are in the hands of a master of the short story form” – Jacqueline Baker.
“Carpathian Spruce” is a beautifully layered story of choice and sacrifice. It made me weep.” – Marsh Skrypuch.

The jury members this year consisted of award-winning Canadian author Marsha Skrypuch, writer, literary critic and MacEwan University Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Creative Writing Jacqueline Baker, and producer and librettist/writer and member of the Shevchenko Foundation Board of Directors, Gordon Gordey.

Honorable Mentions were given to “All in the Family” by Donna Quick (Spruce Grove) and “The Kaiser Bun” by Lidia Wasylyn (Edmonton).

“I am honoured to have won the second annual Shevchenko Foundation Emerging Writers Short Prose Competition. Like many initiatives created by the Shevchenko Foundation, this competition is an excellent opportunity to advance Ukrainian Canadian culture”, said Mr. Lysenko.

The Shevchenko Foundation is committed to encouraging and promoting new authors who write on themes with connections to the Ukrainian Canadian experience. The Shevchenko Foundation’s Emerging Writers Short Prose Competition sets the groundwork for new writers to explore the short prose form and to one day aspire to submit an entry to the Kobzar Book Award (

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