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Scholarship 2024

Worth approximately up to $1000, this scholarship is awarded to the best essay on the subject of Lev Tolstoj​

Is Tolstoy the greatest writer of all time?

Lev Nikolàevič Tolstòj is considered one of the giants of Russian literature. His exploration never goes beyond what is directly perceptible to ordinary mortals. But he responds more intensely than ordinary mortals to the appeal of beings and things. Instead of bringing us closer to the Beyond, he brings us closer to the Here-and-Now. He observes a piece of carrion as attentively as a flower. The fatigue in the eyes of an aged horse is as significant to him for the comprehension if universe as the fatuous conceit shining in the captain’s face. The paradox is that his pantheistic process of creation, binding together pure and impure, great and small, beautiful and ugly, animate and inanimate, suffuses the entire work with the majesty of a second genesis.


1. How to Apply

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2. Eligibility

Working from Home

3. Send us your Essay

Write an essay (max 1000 characters) on any language on the following prompt: "Explore the intricate threads of human nature, morality, and societal upheaval in Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace.' How do the characters grapple with the chaos of war and the quest for personal meaning? Analyze Tolstoy's portrayal of love, power, and the human condition, and discuss the enduring relevance of these themes in today's world.

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT TO PARTICIPATE. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published an essay on the same topic. Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

Send us your essay in PDF format by November, 20th, 2024, to the following address:

“What is bad? What is good? What should one love, what hate? Why live, and what am I? What is lie,what is death? What power rules over everything?" he asked himself. And there was no answer to any of these questions except one, which was not logical and was not at all an answer to these questions. This answer was: "You will die--and everything will end. You will die and learn everything--or stop asking.”

Lev Tolstòj, War and Peace


Important Dates

20 November 2024

Applications closes

11 December 2024

Winner Announced

14 December 2024

$1000 Prize Allocation

When will I Know the outcome?

Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 days once the winner has been announced on our website and social pages

Selection Criteria


Participants who receive a high number of Facebook shares and therefore a high popularity among Facebook users will have more chance of a victory.


Our jurors, professional writers and novelists, will evaluate the stories received on the basis of:

•    Quality of the Essay
•    Writing skills

What are the benefits?

A single payment of up to $1000

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