Results of a children's creative writing competition in Russian “Once I had a dream...” organized by the Cherry Orchard school were finalized at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London. 113 schoolchildren aged between 7 and 15 years old took part in the literary contest.
The jury of the competition included Russian language teachers delegated from participating schools, as well as representatives of professions that daily encounter literary creativity in one form or another - chief editors of Russian-language print media in the UK, journalists, writers, poets, actors, and publishers. The representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Anton Chesnokov also became a jury member.
The children sent stories in prose and poems about ice cream snowdrifts, chocolate boats, pink flamingos and cactus puddings. The jury panel estimated originality of the plot, fantasy, as well as literacy, the richness of the language and the use of literary techniques.
Best works and illustrations were selected in each age category. Works of children whose families have no Russian-speaking parents was assessed separately. Tatiana Vayanos, Matvey Parakhonko and Vera Malkova won in the “Discovery of the Year” nomination. Artem Povaykel, Taisiya Sycheva and Sofia Ovcharenko became the “Masters of the Word”. The “Golden Pen” was awarded to Maria Sheshuryak, Sofia Ovcharenko and Anna Rasmussen. The “Inspired Brush” nomination was headed by Mikhail Karasik, Anna Henderson and Amelia Dinsdale. Anna Kostiv was called a a “Rare Gem” by the jury of the contest.
The winners received diplomas and gifts from the organizers, partners and sponsors of the competition. Awarding ceremony for the participants of the "Ay da Pushkin" international poetry contest also took place in the framework of the event. The poetry contest was held by Rossotrudnichestvo to celebrate the 220th jubilee of the great Russian poet.