Poetry festival Voices of friends

“VOICES OF FRIENDS” ALMANAS OF POETRY will allow not only to declare your work to the world in English, but also to perpetuate the memory of people close to you, significant historical dates or homeland as part of world history and literature. The idea of ​​the Almanac appeared in 1960. Soviet writer Konstantin Simonov published a collection of translations of the Voice of Friends, which included poems from poets of Uzbekistan. After 60 years, we decided not only to revive this wonderful idea, but also to give it a new sound.

The Almanac is unique in that it will be published in a diary – calendar format and will be divided into 365 calendar days, where each page will be allocated 1 page. You have the opportunity to devote your work to Victory Day – May 9, or the anniversary of Abay Kunanbayev.

100 pages of the Almanac are specially reserved exclusively for the publication of classic poems. But what kind of classics will be placed on the pages of the almanac? It’s up to you. To do this, you need to support our project on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform.

The Almanac will be a great gift for an anniversary, birthday, both to those close to you, and at the public and state level. Each author can choose up to 6 calendar days (6 pages).

The almanac will be published in the UK by Hertfordshire Press. Mandatory copies will be sent to the British Library and to the Legal deposit – the repository of copyright copies. The almanac will be available on Amazon and in other online stores around the world.



each author can choose up to 6 calendar days (6 pages)
days will be allocated according to the principle of priority of the submitted application (first come – first served) and approval by the expert council / editorial board. 2 placements on 1 date are not allowed.
The information provided should be in English (native language optional). Translation can be ordered from the publisher for an additional fee (inf. Below)
together with the poem, you must send a brief information about yourself (up to 50 words in one language) and a good quality photograph
participation fee – £ 25 (per 1 page)
postage * * £ 10 (Europe and the CIS), £ 20 (the rest of the world)
redemption ** of at least one copy of the collection is mandatory
you must be an active member of the Guild ***
the themes of the collection’s works are traditional — common themes inherent in the work of Eurasian peoples: love of the native land and nature, veneration of the memory of ancestors, philosophy of perception of the surrounding reality, military subjects. New suggestions and ideas are welcome, but remain at the discretion of the publisher.

minimum 10 lines
30 lines maximum
Additional services


The presence of a translation into English is a prerequisite. The transfer can be made by the applicant independently or through the publisher at the rates below:

1 £ per line (not native speaker)
3 £ per line (native speaker)

All works are printed in the original edition. Spelling / grammar is the responsibility of applicants. The publisher can provide editors in Russian or English at the following prices:

1 £ per line (Russian)
2 £ per line (English)

until August 1, 2020
The collection will be presented at:

Almanac will be presented at “Voice of Friends”
4th Eurasian Culture Week (October 1-6, 2020, London, UK)
The 9th Literary Festival and the Open Eurasia Book Forum (November 2020, Madrid, Spain) and all subsequent meetings and the Guild in 2020.

  • At the meeting of the guild you can get a copy of the almanac (with free shipping).

** the cost of 1 copy of £ 35, with the purchase of more than 5 copies, a 20% discount.

*** Detailed information about the Guild and how to register as a member can be found here; the right to participate in this competition is given only by the Individual / Preferential category.