The Pushkin Prizes began when some of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin’s descendants, together with lovers of his work, gathered together in 1987 to mark the 150th anniversary of his death. Lady Butter, inspired to perpetuate her ancestor’s memory in a unique and appropriate way, launched the creative writing competition as a pilot project in Scottish secondary schools in Tayside in 1988. The project was such a success that in 1992 a charitable trust was established and over the last decade the opportunity has expanded to include every secondary school in Scotland as well as English language specialist schools in and around Pushkin’s home town of St Petersburg.
Only pupils in S1 and S2 in Scotland are eligible to enter The Pushkin Prizes. You should prepare a portfolio of three pieces, which can be any kind of writing.
There are examples of previous winners’ work on the Pushkin Prizes website.