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White World of the Arctic through the prism of a children's book 

Second International competition of publishing and visual creative projects for children and adolescents

Mission

The mission of the contest is to form cognitive and creative activity of a child through juvenile literature, to trigger the active development of value and ideological components of a positive northern identity.

First Competition was held in 2021 and covered such Arctic countries as Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Iceland, the Kingdom of Norway, the Kingdom of Sweden, the United States of America and the Russian Federation.
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Award Ceremony
2021

The Award Ceremony was held on September, 14, 2021 in Yakutsk online. On the Ceremony were announced the winners in the following nominations:
- The best piece of fiction about the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents);
- The best fiction about the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents) in the languages of indigenous peoples;
- The best translation of a work from the languages of the peoples of the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents);
- The best popular science publication about the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents);
- The best work about the North and the Arctic, created by the author under 18;
- The best polygraphic performance of the publication about the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents);
- The best illustrator of children's (adolescents’) literature about the North and the Arctic;
- The best film adaptation of a work of fiction for children about the North and the Arctic;
- The best cartoon based on fiction for children about the North and the Arctic;
- The best theatrical production of a work of art for children about the North and the Arctic;
- The best board game for children about the North and the Arctic.

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About the second Competition

The second international competition, held in Yakutsk, is designed to expand children's ideas about the cold, snowy and at the same time enormous and amazing world they live in. Many writers and travelers compare the North and the Arctic with a white sheet of paper on which everyone can write their life story or imagine their world of permafrost and ice as the key meaning, the emotional atmosphere of the North and the Arctic, dictating the strategy of actions set by the harsh nature. The book in the North and in the Arctic is more than just a work of fiction, it wanders along with the reindeer herders of the tundra and is an irreplaceable friend in children's nomadic schools and serves as a living interlocutor in the boundless white silence, in a space thousands of kilometers away from people.

For authors
Do you have any creative project for children and adolescents of your own? Feel free to partcicpate in the Competition.
Please, include your full name, the projects’s name, your role in this project (author, illustrator, translator etc.), samples from the project (pages, illustrations, text, audio, video) and annotation in English in the letter.

Become a co-organizer
Any library from the participating Arctic countries can become a co-organizer of the Competition.
What do co-organizing libraries do? They look for experts in their countries to examine the proposed and implemented publishing and visual creative projects for children and adolescents about the North and the Arctic and make the "List of nominees" of the Competition.
Experts and co-organizers will receive digital certificates of experts and letters of appreciation.

For experts
Do you want to help us in estimating the creative projects for children and adolescents? We are looking for volunteer experts in different nominations:
- The best fiction about the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents);
- The best fiction about the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents) in the languages of indigenous peoples;
- The best book translation from and into the languages of the peoples of the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents);
- The best popular science publication about the North and the Arctic for children (adolescents);
- The best work about the North and the Arctic (including scientific publications), created by the author under 18;
- The best illustrator of children's (adolescents’) literature about the North and the Arctic;
- The best audiobook about the North and the Arctic for children;
- The best visualization of fiction about the North and the Arctic for children (films and cartoons);
- The best board game for children about the North and the Arctic.
You can choose one or more nominations to estimate.
We are expecting projects to be in English, Danish, Greenlandic, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian and other languages, especially the languages of indigenous peoples.
Please, include your full name, place of work, the nomination you want to estimate and languages you speak in the letter.
You will receive a digital certificate of an expert of the Competition.

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