Wednesday, 30 December 2020

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2020 – PRIZES

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2020 – PRIZES

 

 


We are glad to announce the prize winners of our Eyelands international Book Awards For 2020

Here are the results for the international Eyelands Book Awards 2020.

First of all, we would like to thank all participants and all the kind people from webpages, blogs, zines and magazines who spread the news about our book awards. It was the third for our contest and submissions from all over the world were more than ever. As usual, it was very hard to choose finalists from all submissions and then even harder to choose the prize winners among the finalists. Many good books were submitted, many excellent works were to be read again and again in order to choose the winners.

 

Judges for the prizes were Andriana Minou, Patricia Marchesi (last year’s grand prize winner) and Gregory Papadoyiannis. Our guest judge for this year, Patricia Marchesi was the one to choose the grand prize winners among finalists who received equal votes from the jury.

This year we had to find ways to deal with the disruptions caused due to the pandemic, which didn’t allow us to hold an awards ceremony for last year’s grand prize winner. We have therefore decided, in order to be as fair as possible to prize winners, to offer them something extra–in case we won’t be able to organize a ceremony in Athens in 2021 either; both grand prize winners for the categories of published and unpublished books are invited to spend a week’s holiday in our Three Rock writers’ resort on the island of Crete!

There is also another alternative for the grand prize winner of the published book (both for 2019 and 2020): to be translated in Greek if there is no restriction about the rights of the book.

 

This year, we also launched a special prize for writers who have participated in Three Rock Writers’ Resort Program.

 

(you can see more here: http://www.strangedaysbooks.gr/2019/02/ )

As promised, one of the writers who spent one or two weeks at the Resort in order to write part of a book that was proposed according to the rules of the program, will be awarded a contract for the translation of his/her book in Greek. And that’s the Three Rock prize, which you will see among other prizes this year.

 

We also decided to give two Special Distinctions for two excellent writers under the age of 18. For next year’s Eyelands Book Awards 2021, there will be a new category especially for writers under 18!

The Award ceremony – subject to circumstances – will take place in Athens in May 2021 for the grand prize winners (published books) of both 2019 and 2020.

Next year’s contest will be launched on June 20th, 2021

 

 

2020

 

(By submission order/ number of finalists according to category participants)

 

SPECIAL DISTINCTION:  U18 – Zone book /Mysteries -

Cooper White / New Zealand

 

SPECIAL DISTINCTION: U18 Maximum Flight - Abigail Keoghan /Ireland

(submission and photos after parents approval)

 

 

POETRY PUBLISHED

Fingertip of the tongue- Sarah Rice /Australia

POETRY UNPUBLISHED

The storehouse of wonder and astonishment – Sherry Mossafer Rind / USA

 

CHILDRENS /GRAPHIC NOVELS  PUBLISHED

The infinity trap – Ian C Douglas /United Kingdom

 

CHILDRENS / GRAPHIC NOVELS UNPUBLISHED

Surfing, Your Star Shines Above Me - Vezna Andrews /USA

 

SHORT STORIES PUBLISHED

Making love while levitating three feet in the air – Jeff  Fearnside /USA

SHORT STORIES UNPUBLISHED

Don Quixote's Death and Other Stories-Ratomir Rale Damjanovic / Serbia

 

NOVELS PUBLISHED

Empire of Glass - Kaitlin Solimine / USA

 

NOVELS UNPUBLISHED

The Gift of Sunshine: Story of a Hong Kong Family- Susan Wan Dolling /USA

 

HISTORICAL NOVEL/MEMOIR PUBLISHED

A roll of the dice - Mona Dash / United Kingdom

 

HISTORICAL NOVEL/MEMOIR UNPUBLISHED

The Red Tunic - Kate Wiseman / United Kingdom

 

 

THREE ROCK PRIZE: Lizardmaid – Robin Luce Martin / USA /

 

 

GRAND PRIZES

PUBLISHED BOOK

Exile Music - Jennifer Steil / United Kingdom

 

UNPUBLISHED BOOK

Lessons from the Greeks - Gail Sidonie Šobat /Canada

 

 

Grand Prize: A five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. Eyelands cover all accommodation costs for the award winner. Air tickets not included. The author must agree to participate in the EBA ceremony (which will be held in Athens) and the related publicity (interviews e.t.c.). If for any reason the writer won’t be available to attend the ceremony the prize will be send via mail and the EBA will invite the grand prize winner of the unpublished category.

Five more prizes, one for each category, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.

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Section: Unpublished books

Grand prize: Publication from Strange Days Books. Released via amazon.com (international release) & from Strange Days Books

Five more prizes, one in each category, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.

 

Special distinction category: certificate & hand made ceramic gift



Wednesday, 16 December 2020

The Epic of the Morning Stars by Rudi Erebara - the Greek edition

 

Strange Days Books proudly present the fifth book of the series ‘’Strange Days in Europe’’, co-founded by Creative Europe’s translation project of the European Union.


The novel Epika e yjeve të mëngjesit (The Epic of the Morning Stars) is a testimony to the destiny of Suleyman, an Albanian painter employed at the state decoration company in the capital of Albania. A technical issue occurring on 16 October 1978, the birthday of Albania’s dictator Enver Hoxha, is attributed to him by the State Security Services. Around this time, Albania is about to sever its relations with Mao’s communist China. Also on 16 October 1978, Józef Wojtyła, a priest from communist Poland, becomes Pope John Paul II in the Vatican. In the late evening of 16 October, a heavy shower washes away the letters of the slogans written by the state decoration company in deep red, the symbol of the blood spilled during the war for freedom by the communist fighters. Even though the festivities are over, the state security, under the direct orders of the communist dictator, starts the hunt for the perpetrators, even though no perpetrators could possibly exist. Suleyman is a man singled out as standing on the other side of the trench of class warfare, conceived and fanatically carried out by the ruling communists. As he feels he is being singled out as a victim, Suleyman tries to change his name to Edmond. He also makes a painting showing some partisans around a fire. This is viewed as a good enough reason for Suleyman to be punished.

"Epika e yjeve të mëngjesit" – The Epic of  the Morning Stars tells the story of Suleyman, an Albanian painter unjustly blamed for a technical issue occurring on the birthday of Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, at a time when the country prepares to face big changes. It is a bittersweet satirical chronicle of a cruel period for Albania. It is a Kafkaesque narration situated in a Balkan scenery of Theatre of the Absurd.

This is a novel about the immorality of the dictatorship and the caste of people who imposed it An untold tragedy happened in a very small country, with a small  population, from Albanians against Albanians. It did not happen for religious reasons, nor for nationalistic, nor even for significant political reasons. It was just an army against civilians. An army that from the first day of the establishment of this tyranny, considered the country as a prize, as prey of war. The citizens were forced to choose a line up and it was  "either with us or against us". (…)  A new reality was created in the country, from which you could not escape, and if you tried, death awaited for you. People became slaves of the Labor Party, slaves in the service of the occupying army. Art was the only escape. The dream on the canvas…»   Rudi Erebara      

 

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Erebara
was born in 1971 and is a poet, novelist and translator. He won several poetry prizes and was named translator of the year three times for his translations of "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and other classics. He is the author of two books of poetry, "Fillon Pamja" (There Begins the View), and "Lëng argjendi" (Silver Juice) as well as two novels, "Vezët e thëllëzave" (Eggs of the Quails) and "Epika e yjeve të mëngjesit" (The Epic of the Morning Stars). The book was honoured with the European Union Prize for Literature in 2017.

THE EPIC OF THE MORNING STARS by RUDI EREBARA/ STRANGE DAYS IN EUROPE-5/ TRANSALTION/ ELSON ZGURI/ EDITOR/ ALMIR XOTZAI/ PREFACE/GREGORY PAPADOYIANNIS/ COVER by ANDRIANA MINOU/ PUBLISHING SUPERVISOR/ KONSTANTINOS MALOUSARIS / PRICE 14 € / PAGES/ 446/ ISBN: 978-618-5278-50-2

 

https://strangedaysineurope.org/2020/12/11/rudi-erebara-the-epic-of-the-morning-stars/

https://youtu.be/YjT4QWRiNTY

 

 

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