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BARNALUL, January 10 (Itar-Tass) — Altai Territory begins to accept applications on Thursday in a competition for a Vassily Shukhin Literary Prize, which is presented once in two years, the territorial department for culture has announced.
This year, the Prize will be handed over for a third time. Any writer in Russia may win it. The award is bestowed for works of prose which further the traditions of Russian literature and which have been published in the past three years.
Executive power bodies of Russia's regions, state and municipal cultural institutions, publishing houses, creative professional organizations, etc. may suggest candidates in the competition for the Prize. A winner is to be chosen by a special commission consisting of members of the Writers' Union of Russia and public figures.
May 10, 2013, is the deadline for the acceptance of applications. The Shukshin Literary Prize is to be traditionally handed over in July during the presentation of an art-and publicistic programme at Mount Piket (stake) in the Altaic village of Srostki (concretion) – Vassily Shukshin's birthplace.