Debut

Debut is an independent literary prize established in 2000 by Andrei Skoch’s Humanitarian Fund called ‘Generation’. It is awarded annually to young authors who are 35 or younger and submissions have to be in the Russian language. It is open to all, irrespective of their country of residence.

Books for the contests can be submitted either as a published work or as a manuscript. Nominees are publishers, mass media, professional organizations, and individual authors. Four prize categories make up the core of the contest each year; these are novel, short stories, poetry and plays. The various other categories, which change from year to year, are introduced depending upon the genre of the works nominated.

Laureates are announced in November or December.

Finalists

2006

  1. Vadim Celine, Mate, How to Ride a Skateboard [Children's literature]
  2. Nick Sredin, Stars in the Sand [Play]
  3. Alexei Afonin, Collection of Poems [Poetry]
  4. Edward Lukoyanov, Collection of short stories [Short Stories]
  5. Viktor Tufts, Sugar Disease [Novel]

2005

  1. Alexander Gritsenko, Medium [Play]
  2. Alexei Afonin, Collection of Poems [Poetry]
  3. Edward Lukoyanov, Collection of short stories [Short stories]
  4. Dmitry Faleev, A Cold Beer on a Sunny Afternoon [Novel]

2004

  1. Zlata Demina, God Loves [Playwrite]
  2. Anna Logvinova, In the Bosom of a Soviet Jacket [Poetry]
  3. Edward Lukoyanov, Collection of short stories [Short stories]
  4. Alexander Grishchenko, Reverse [Novel]

2003

  1. Ksenia Zhukova, Accidents [Playwrite]
  2. Alexei Afonin, Collection of Poems [Poetry]
  3. Edward Lukoyanov, Collection of short stories [Short stories]
  4. Vladimir Lorchenkov, Hora – dance ‘til the Last one Stands [Novel]

2002

  1. Alexei Afonin, Collection of Poems [Children's Books]
  2. Sergey Kaluzhanov, Sooner or Later [Playwrite]
  3. Alexei Afonin, Collection of Poems [Poetry]
  4. Dina Gatina, Rides, Hot Countries [Short stories]
  5. Anatoly Ryasov, Three Circles of Hell [Novel]