Volume 8, Issue 6, November 2020, Page: 200-208
Ukrainian Literary Contest as an Opportunity for an Author: the Results of Survey in 2019–2020
Olha Bondar, Department of Public Relations and Journalism, Ukrainian Academy of Printing, Lviv, Ukraine
Received: Dec. 12, 2020;       Accepted: Dec. 21, 2020;       Published: Dec. 31, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.hss.20200806.15      View  39      Downloads  34
Abstract
In this study, it was analyzed and published the results of a survey of 193 Ukrainian authors about how the literary contest contributes or does not contribute to their writing career. Famous and potential writers from different regions of Ukraine were asked to fill out a questionnaire and answer questions about the literary contest. The basic indicators for identifying respondents as authors were the availability of published or unpublished works. For both groups of authors, famous and unpublished, the number of winnings and the number of attempts to win were counted. It was found that it is usually difficult for an unknown author to find their first publisher and to collaborate about the subsequent publication of the book. In such circumstances, the professional judges of the literary contest, by reviewing the submitted creative works, preliminary evaluate their probable success. The results showed that the literary contest gives new authors some opportunities to be published, but less than they expect. Thus, it was found out that the Ukrainian literary contest is similar in its functions to a literary agent. Other functions of the literary contest were singled out, namely psychological, motivational, marketing, promoting, developing, and consecration. Of the functions of the Ukrainian literary contest, offered to the respondents, one took a dominant position – discovering the new names of writers. “Koronatsiya slova” was named the most authoritative literary contest in Ukraine. The authors were also asked to note what the Ukrainian literary contests need. The answers demonstrate, that the difference between their expectations and the real possibilities of the contest is explained by the problems, which were grouped from the comments of the interviewed authors. The answers of the authors are recommended to be supplemented in the future by the answers of the representatives of the publishing houses and literary criticism.
Keywords
Literary Contest, Ukrainian Author, Submitted Works, Ukrainian Literary Field, Ukrainian Literary Contest, Unknown Authors, Book Market, Literary Prize
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Olha Bondar, Ukrainian Literary Contest as an Opportunity for an Author: the Results of Survey in 2019–2020, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 6, 2020, pp. 200-208. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20200806.15
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