2012-03-05 06:50:27 UTC
[MIA, Skopje, 4 March 2012]
Skopje, 4 March 2012 (MIA) - Macedonian writer Aleksandar Prokopiev is
a recipient of the international literary award "Balkanika 2010" for
his book "Little Man".
I am very pleased, as the "Balkanika" prize is something that every
writer aspires to, Prokopiev said Sunday after the announcement of the
award jury's decision.
"I am particularly happy to win the prize this year, considering the
strong competition among brilliant authors, who are prominent not only
in the Balkan region, but also in Europe," Prokopiev said.
A seven-member international jury decided upon the winner on Saturday
following three rounds of voting.
In addition to "Little Man", six other writers were vying for the
accolade, including Zdravka Evtimova (Bulgaria), Dejan Stoiljkovic
(Serbia), Mira Meksi (Albania), Christos Economou (Greece), Oma
Stănescu (Romania) and Asli Erdogan (Turkey).
Skopje-based publishing house Magor organised the election of
Macedonia's representative. The winning novel will be translated into
Bulgarian, Serbian, Albanian, Greek, Romanian, Turkish and Macedonian.
The prize will be presented to Prokopiev at a ceremony in Belgrade,
scheduled for the end of this year.
Venko Andonovski so far is the only Macedonian writer who has won the
"Balkanika" award for his novel "The Navel of the World" back in 2001.
The contest was launched 15 years ago in Ohrid in an effort to promote
the importance of culture and literature as a bridge for connecting
the countries of the region.