The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, now in its fifth year, rewards the very best non-fiction writing on Russia. Worth £5,000 to the winner, the Prize was created to encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world. The prize is for a book published in English, but translations from other languages, including of course Russian, are encouraged and actively sought.
The 2017 Pushkin Prize was generously supported for the second year running by Douglas Smith (author and winner of the inaugural award in 2013) and Stephanie Ellis-Smith and we were delighted to announce that the prize also enjoyed the support of the Polonsky Foundation.
Douglas Smith, author and winner of the inaugural Pushkin House Russian book prize award in 2013, said: “Stephanie and I are delighted to help support the prize. Intelligent, informed, and engaging writing on Russia that speaks to as wide an audience as possible is as important now as ever.”
Marc Polonsky, trustee of the Polonsky Foundation, said: “We are pleased to support Pushkin House in its good work of presenting Russian culture. The Pushkin House Prize has done much to further understanding of the Russian-speaking world and of the complex realities of Russia's past and present.”
Andrew Jack, head of the prize advisory committee, said: “We thank our sponsors for their support, and are delighted to have such an experienced and varied group of experts and authors as judges in such an important year for Russia.”
Entry for the 2017 Prize is now closed. The winner was announced on 7 June, 2017 at an Award Ceremony & Dinner in the Great Chamber, the Charterhouse, London.
The judges for the 2017 Prize were Simon Franklin (Chair); Anne Applebaum; Petr Aven; Charlotte Hobson; and Dominic Lieven (winner of 2016 Pushkin House Book Prize for 'Towards the Flame').
The advisory board for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize is made up of:
- Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former British ambassador to Moscow and author of Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89
- Andrew Jack (chair), former Co-Chairman of Pushkin House, and journalist at the Financial Times
- Bridget Kendall, Master, Peterhouse College, Cambridge University
- Andrew Nurnberg, Managing Director, Andrew Nurnberg Associates literary agency
- Marc Polonsky, trustee, The Polonsky Foundation
- Douglas Smith, historian, translator, author and winner of the 2013 (inaugural) Pushkin House prize
Timetable for the 2017 Prize
November 2016: Prize opened for entries from publishers and 2017 judges announced
31 December 2016: Prize closed for entries
15 March: 'Pushkin House Recommends' list published
25 April 2017: 2017 Shortlist announced
7 June 2017: Winner of Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2017 announced and presented at an award ceremony and dinner at The Charterhouse, London
If you have any questions about the Prize or eligibility, please email Rebecca Ostrovsky: firstname.lastname@example.org