The Lemko Research Foundation, Inc. (LRF) in the United States is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2014-2015 book publishing contest is War Comes To Karlykiv by Dr. Stephen Rapawy.

War Comes To Karlykiv is a personal memoir, written in English, describing events that occurred in the village of Karlykiv (located in the

Sanok powiat in the eastern part of the Lemko region) between 1939-1947 and represent the larger history that affected the Lemkos. Karlykiv became a scene of military engagement in the fall of 1944, when the Red Army clashed with German forces. These battles left the village in ruins, but it was events that occurred after the war that would have the most profound and devastating effects on the Lemkos. After resisting resettlement to Soviet Ukraine between 1944-1946, Dr. Rapawy and his family were eventually deported and resettled to northwestern Poland as part of “Operation Vistula” (Akcja Wisła). From his unique perspective as both an eyewitness and a historian (Ph.D., Soviet and Russian area studies, Georgetown University, 1977), Dr. Rapawy reconstructs the events through a combination of his own experiences, interviews with other survivors, and secondary research.

Further information about the publication date of this book will be forthcoming.

LRF would also like to announce the kick-off of its 2015-2016 book publication contest.

Do you have a non-fiction manuscript on a topic related to the Lemko region that you would like to publish? Submissions must be received by no later than July 1, 2016. Please see the official rules below for more information.

Contest Rules

Who?: LRF is as a non-profit research organization that promotes the study and research of the history, culture, and traditions of the people of Lemko origin. We disseminate information to the public concerning Lemko issues through the publication of books, papers, and other materials. We are inviting authors of Lemko-related book manuscripts to submit them for competition in our publishing contest.

What?: Submitted monographs must be non-fiction. Topics can include, but are not strictly limited to, the history, culture (e.g., language, literature, music, art, architecture), and daily life (e.g., clothing, folklore, cuisine) of the Lemkos. Topics with a Ukrainian-Lemko focus are particularly encouraged. For example, submissions can take the form of: theoretical analyses, PhD dissertations, literary/artistic reviews, personal memoirs, cookbooks, etc.

Where?: Submission of manuscripts will be accepted either electronically by email to webmaster@lemko- or in print by regular mail to:

  • Mr. Andriy Khomyk 15 Locust Street Norwalk, CT 06855

Individuals submitting electronically should attach the manuscript (contained in one single Microsoft Word or PDF document) to an e-mail with a subject line stating “Lemko Research Foundation Book Publishing.” Please do not paste manuscripts into the body of the email.

When?: Submissions must be received by no later than July 1, 2016.
One winner will be selected and contacted on December 15, 2016. The name of the winner will also be announced by posting on the LRF webpage: LRF reserves the right to modify any deadlines or dates set forth in these rules.

How?: To participate in the contest, each entrant must provide the following:

  • Cover letter including your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, title of your submission, and summary of why LRF should select your book as the winner and what its publication will achieve. Please also note if another publisher is presently considering your manuscript.
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Book manuscript in either print or electronic format

Entrants will receive a confirmation email message verifying receipt of submission. Because we cannot be responsible for lost materials and no submissions will be returned, entrants should keep all originals and only send us a copy of your manuscript.

By participating in this contest, each entrant: unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with these official rules; warrants that their submission is their own original, previously unpublished work and has not been

copied in whole or in part from any other work; and agrees that any disputes potentially arising out of the contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of litigation.

Why?: The contest winner will receive a free publishing package that includes: interior book layout, custom cover, copyright registration, complimentary author copies, a press release announcing publication of their book, and distribution through LRF’s channels.

The winner, as a pre-condition to entitlement to the publishing prize, agrees to enter into a contract with LRF and to abide by the terms and conditions of this publishing contract.

Any questions about this competition can be directed to:

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