Literary contest: I believe in Your Future, Ukraine!
From 2001 through 2005, the Foundation organized and held the All-Ukrainian contest among school students for the best literary work I Believe in Your Future, Ukraine! The contest was held in alliance with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
The purpose of the contest was to find, support and encourage gifted school children and youth to reach their full potential in creative writing. Over 30 winners of the contest received Foundation’s grants and entered colleges and universities.
- Over 35,000 students participated in the first contest: I Believe in Your Future, Ukraine! in 2001. 32 contestants were awarded grants and reference letters from the Head of the Bogdan Gubsky Foundation for University studies and higher educational institutions.
- In July 2002, the second contest had nearly 50,000 participants, and 50 winners were awarded with diplomas.
- In 2003, roughly 80,000 students took part in the third competition and 60 winners were awarded diplomas.
- The fourth competition in 2004, had 15,000 students participating. The students ranged in age from second grade to high school graduates. More than 1,300 works were selected to compete in the finals. 65 contestants were recognized as winners and were awarded with diplomas in July, 2004.
- In 2005, the final literary competition, I Believe in Your Future, Ukraine! took place with about 70,000 contestants. More than 1,400 literary works of various genres were submitted. In July 2005, 66 students were announced winners.
The Foundation published two books with the works of the contest winners of 2001-2003 in alliance with Veselka publishing house: Chysti Dzherela (Clear Springs (2001) and Kalynovi Zori (Guelder-Rose Stars) (2003). The books were edited by the Chairman of the jury Petro Perebyinis, who is a well-known poet and journalist.
In the preface to the literary works collection, Chysti Dzherela, the Head of the Foundation Bogdan Gubsky said:
“This book is about the future of our state, about the revival of Ukrainian land. The book itself is one of the signs of this revival. “