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06.06.2012, BZ

DPP 2012 · Christina Schnauß interviews Writers Ink. e.V. and reports on the DPP.

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Kiira, our youngest member, leafleting Jed convicing two potential prize winners to enter

Writers Ink. e.V. wishes to thank Buchhandlung Graff for graciously providing us
with the ideal place to host the 2012 Daniil Pashkoff Prize award ceremony and for
their help and generosity.

The Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2012
A Creative Writing Contest in English for Non-Native Speakers
Categories: Prose and Poetry / Age Groups 19- and 19+
Awards Ceremony: June 1, 2012, at Buchhandlung Graff, Braunschweig

480 non-native speakers of English submitted their creative writing

Dear participants of the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2012,

We would like to thank all of you for your keen interest in this year’s competition – the number of enquiries and entries was simply overwhelming! While you are waiting to find out what the juries think of your stories and poems, here are some facts and figures to sweeten this time of hope and trepidation for you:

Exactly 480 non-native speakers of English submitted their creative writing. 425 entries were from Germany, of which 90 were from the Braunschweig area alone. 48 came from European countries outside of Germany - and the other 7 were from overseas (see charts). Our contact person, Christine Steffanowski appreciated the additional enquiries from people whose cordial support made the work even more fun and brought warmth into the rather impersonal world of electronic communication!

As this was the first time we required entries to be submitted electronically, we were a bit worried at the beginning - how would potential participants get along with these new requirements? Neither age nor profession seemed to play a role - our youngest participant is 11; the oldest is an 83-year-old professor. This form of transmission has proved to have several advantages over snail mail: trials and tribulations were able to be solved in the shortest time possible, and, in this respect, distance was of no consequence. We received eco-friendly emails from all over the world. The email with the longest "beeline" had to cover a distance of about 11,000 km, more than 6,800 miles! Thanks to computer technology, we were able to save about 450 envelopes and 2,000 sheets of paper!

At the moment, all of your entries have reached their respective jury and are being read closely and carefully. We will keep our fingers crossed for all of you!

Thank you again for being a part of the DPP 2012!

All the best wishes,
The Writers Ink. team