was the first Russian student of English at
the Technische Universität Braunschweig.
From his hometown of Novosibirsk, he
brought with him an infectious passion
for the English language and its literature
as well as an outstanding talent for making
friends with people from all corners of the
world. Daniil passed away suddenly on
July, 1998,at the age of 27.
The idea of offering a prize for creative writing in English by a non-native speaker
was born over the Atlantic Ocean on a flight to the United States. The prize was
intended to commemorate Daniil's 29th birthday, his delight in English and American
literature as well as offer a forum for non-native speakers of English to express
The Daniil Pashkoff Prize for Creative Writing in English by a Non-Native Speaker
was awarded for the first time in 2001. The response was so enthusiastic that we
decided to award the prize again the following year, and for this purpose we founded
Writers Ink. e.V. on February 27, 2002. From then on, entries flowed in from all over
Germany and Europe and as far away as Indonesia, Africa, and the United States.
From 2001 to 2008 Writers Ink e.V. awarded the prize annually, but in 2008 we
decided to offer The Daniil Pashkoff Prize bi-annually. The members wanted to have
more time to promote creative writing in English in schools and workshops and to
read / perform texts at other events in and around Braunschweig.
So far, we have published four anthologies of prize-winning poetry and prose.