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Mongolian Short Story and Essay Project

Sup­port­ed by a 2020 CLS Alum­ni Devel­op­ment Fund grant Aubrey Menard (Russ­ian 2013) ran a Mon­go­lian short sto­ry and essay writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion as part of her com­mit­ment to help more Mon­go­lians, who are very under­rep­re­sent­ed in pub­li­ca­tion, share their own sto­ries with the world. She engaged nine promi­nent Mon­go­lian authors to serve as judges and received 248 sub­mis­sions, with entrants rang­ing from age 10 through age 82. Aubrey pub­li­cized the con­test wide­ly both in Mon­go­lia and with Mon­go­lian dias­po­ra com­mu­ni­ties through­out the world, which yield­ed diverse voic­es among the sub­mis­sions. With funds from anoth­er orga­ni­za­tion, Aubrey was able to award prizes to the con­test win­ners and pub­lished their work as an anthol­o­gy and pod­cast that were fund­ed by her ADF award. The win­ners were hon­ored at an awards cer­e­mo­ny and pre­sent­ed with cer­tifi­cates by the Mon­go­lian judges. 

I’ve been engag­ing in this effort in a some­what ad-hoc way by men­tor­ing young authors and jour­nal­ists. This CLS grant allowed me to sys­tem­atize my efforts, work direct­ly with sev­er­al aspir­ing Mon­go­lian writ­ers, and to pro­vide a plat­form for them to share their sto­ries with the world.”

Aubrey Menard
Russian 2013

Posted Date

April 12, 2021