"I felt the excitement of participation and trying. I wanted to express my thoughts and feelings."
"It helps to realise a creative potential of young authors, it encourages the development of literary taste, imagination and individuality."
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837) is Russia's greatest poet, as revered by Russians as Robert Burns is by Scots. Pushkin lived for some time in St Petersburg, a beautiful city that now has museums, statues and institutions dedicated to his memory. Nearly 30 schools in St Petersburg take part in the Pushkin Prizes. A panel of judges in Russia selects 12 of the best entries and pupils translate their work into English for judging by the judges in Scotland. The Russian prize-winners travel to Scotland where they attend the creative writing course with the Scottish winners.
The Russian pupils who come to Scotland are always eager to maintain links. The St Petersburg schools value contact (by letter or email) with Scottish schools and this is an effective way to introduce pupils to another country, its people and culture. The Russian pupils all have excellent English.
The Pushkin Prizes in Russia are administered by Natalya Ushmanova.