Fairy tale International literary competition

Fairy tale International literary competition


Fairy tale International literary competition 

Write a fairy tale about khomus (jew's harp)!

Competition organized by the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center, Pisateli Yakutii (Writers of Yakutia) Assosiation, the International Jew’s Harp Society.


Do you know who Kulanik is? How is he related to the magic of  khomus?  Do you know that he is a kind messenger of peace and is waiting for the continuation of the tale about him? We would like to encourage all of you to participate in the First International Competition for Authors of a Literary Work about the Khomus (jew’s harp, trump) held by the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center and the International Jew’s Harp Society.

Find the information on Kulanik, a deer with horns in the form of a khomus, that is a messenger of peace on earth and who would visit all continents and countries of the Earth, bringing friendship around the world.

The international jury will announce winners of 6 nominations and the Grand Prix, on November 30, 2021- on Khomus Day.

From the fairy tale’s author

During 10 years of work in the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center, Nikolai Spiridonovich Shishigin had introduced numerous innovative projects for the development and promotion of the culture of the Sakha people.

As one of the biggest fans and enthusiasts of khomus and its music, he actively promoted and popularized our Yakut instrument, which is indeed one of the best-preserved archaic instruments of our ancestors.

In 2016 at the presentation of my children's book, Nikolai Spiridonovich gave a congratulatory speech, in which he said: why not write a fairy tale about the khomus. I really liked that idea and was immediately inspired by that work. This is how our project began and the work continued for a year. His plans were to complete our project by the Day of Khomus 2017. Our plan was a success, and the book was published on the appointed day.

 The book includes three tales about the khomus, which I wrote: "The Legend of the Khomus", "Kulanik" and "The Call of Aiaal."

Nikolai Spiridonovich's desire was for the main character to become the symbol of the VII International Congress-Festival of Khomus (jew's harp) Kulanik, a deer with horns in the form of a khomus, which would symbolize the messenger of peace on earth and visit all continents and countries of the earth, bringing friendship among the peoples of the world.

Dear friends! Just in time for the Mother Language and Yakut Writing Day, the project that we are organizing together with the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center and the International Jew's harp Society, will be a kind continuation of our joint ideas with Nikolai Spiridonovich. May the messenger of peace Kulanik turn our dream into reality and strengthen peace on earth.

Let me express my deep gratitude to the team that worked on the publishing of the “Fairy tale of the Khomus”.

I would like to express my gratitude to the people who helped to bring this project to life - the head of the project N.S. Shishigin, the assistant of the head S.E. Desyatkina, A.M. Kyun, text proofreader S.P. Olesov, Russian text editor S.P. Vasilieva, Yakut text editor L.E. Manchurina, translator to English E.N. Shishigina, translator to  Japanese P.N. Shishigin, translators into Yakut language to students of the RYAP-15 IYKN SV RF NEFU, S.N. Egorova for illustrations, layout and artistic editing

Respectfully yours,

Olesova Lyubov Gavrilovna-Taptalaana


Author of the book, khomusist-improviser,

member of the Writers' Union of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia),

member of the Eurasian Creative Guild,

person with a disability of group 1 (eyesight).




By Olesova Lyubov -Taptalaana

Far in the North, where the coldest temperatures fall 70 degrees below zero, there live kind and hospitable people called Sakha. Those Sakha people have the warmest hearts, despite severe and long winters that last for half a year, and live in harmony with nature. It is there that the real winter comes and then slowly spreads around Russia. This was home to a little boy named Ayaal, whose father was a smith and mother was a needlewoman.

Once in the beginning of the spring, when everyone was missing warm days and the sun appeared in the sky, Ayaal was playing outside with his friends. They were making different animals out of the snow. Ayaal decided to make a little baby deer, he loved that animal so much. He spent all day creating his deer and he did very well, only he couldn’t make the antlers. Ayaal couldn’t manage to make the antlers out of the snow. So when his mother called him to go home and have dinner, he just looked at the baby deer snow figure and whispered with love:

– My dearest baby deer, I hope you come to life! I will name you Kulanik, and we will become true friends, and we will play joyfully every day. I’m asking you, please, come to life!

When the night came, Ayaal fell asleep with a dream of his baby deer coming to life the next day. Ayaal’s wish was so genuine and sincere that the Sky heard his plea. So, that starry night one of the stars next to the Polar Star fell down from the sky and onto the baby deer’s snowy forehead. And a miracle happened: the baby deer started coming to life! He opened his big dark eyes filled with kindness and curiosity for everything that was happening around him. He had white fluffy fur. And when he got up to his legs, he started running around the premises. Star-like sparkles would come flying out from under his hooves each time he landed onto the ground. The only thing he lacked were the antlers. But he didn’t know that deers were supposed to have antlers. So He ran and jumped around, looking at everything new to him because everything was happening for the first time in his life. He didn’t run too far away because he could feel that there was someone who was waiting for him. When the morning came and Ayaal’s family woke up, they heard the sound of deer’s little hooves. When they all came to the window and looked outside, they saw a little white baby deer with a bright star in his forehead. The deer was running around and it seemed like he was looking for somebody. As soon as Ayaal saw the deer, she shouted with joy:

– Mummy! Daddy! My dream has come true! My baby deer Kulanik has come to life!

He put his clothes on as quickly as he could and hurried outside screaming with joy:

– Kulanik! Kulanik! I’m here!

The deer looked his way and happily ran to his new friend. They were so delighted! Ayaal was hugging the deer by his neck and couldn’t hide his happiness. The friends started playing in the snow and running after each other.

Ayaal’s mom and dad followed their son, and were very happy to see his new friend. Dad told Mom:

– The deer doesn’t have his antlers. I’ll make them for him!

Mom replied:

– And I will make a cheprak (traditional horse decorations) so that he doesn’t get cold.

That’s how Ayaal’s parents decided to give presents to their son’s new friend.

Everyday Ayaal and his friends played with Kulanik: they would slide down the hills, chase each other and play in the snow. Kulanik became a best friend to every kid in the neighbourhood. After sometime Ayaal’s dad made antlers for Kulanik in his workshop – they were khomus-shaped as he was one of the best khomus craftsmen in their village. When he finished the antlers, he gave them to Kulanik. Ayaal’s mom made him a beautiful cheprak as she promised. It was made of green material with an amazing decoration of the Sakha peoples’ flag. When Ayaal’s parents gave their unusual presents to Kulanik, he got so happy that he started running around, making beautiful khomus sounds, attracting everyone in the neighbourhood with his marvellous melodies.   That’s how the children spent their unforgettable joyous spring.

In the beginning of the summer Sakha people celebrate their biggest holiday of the year – Yhyakh. This fest usually takes place on a huge meadow called “alas” in Sakha language, where people lay their tablecloths onto new green grass and lay them with delicious national meals and dishes. They sit around those tablecloths and celebrate the beginning of the summer with their family, friends and guests. Young men compete with each other in national sports games. Those who have a talent of singing take part in traditional songs singing contests and dance ohuokhai (Sakha circle dance of friendship). When Ayaal’s family came to the meadow, everyone noticed their unusual animal with khomus-shaped antlers. They couldn’t take the eyes off Kulanik as he was playing around the meadow like a child, making khomus melodies with his antlers, stamping his little hooves with his bright star shining in his forehead. In his friend’s eyes Ayaal saw how happy he was to be free. He realised that Kulanik needed freedom. The deer saw that the world was endless and he urged with desire to see it all. But he was loyal to his friend Ayaal, so he stayed beside him to keep him happy. Ayaal was watching Kulanik, he could tell how happy his baby deer was. So he said:

– My beloved friend, Kulanik, I love you with all my heart, but I also see how much you want to explore the world, so I can’t keep you with me forever. I set you free, my friend, but promise me that you will visit me at least once a year on this summer holiday – Yhyakh. I will be waiting for you all year and count each day until the time we meet again.

Kulanik understood what his friend Ayyal told him, and as a sign of gratefulness and firndship he started playing a breathtaking melody on his khomus-shaped antlers. Kulanik licked Ayaal on his cheek, and run towards new adventures and exploration of the whole new world. Kulanik remembered the promise he had made to his closest friend, besides he missed Ayaal a lot himself. So every year Kulanik came back to Ayaal in the beginning of each summer right on the days of Yhyakh.

If every person, regardless of age, has a bright true dream, it should definitely come true. But to make it come true, we all need to work to achieve it and put our souls into it.


of international competition for authors of literary work (fairy tale) about the khomus (jew’s harp, trump)

1) continuation of Lyubov Olesova- Taptalaana’s “Kulanik” - project of N.S.Shishigin (original text on https://ilkhomus.com);

2) author’s fairy tale of the khomus


1.  General regulations

1.1.  This regulation determines the procedure for organizing and holding an international competition of authors for a literary work (fairy tale) about a khomus (jew's harp, trump).

1.2.  The founders of the competition are the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center, Pisateli Yakutii (Writers of Yakutia) Assosiation, the International Jew’s Harp Society.

1.3.  Organizer of the competition– SBE People of the World Khomus Museum and Center.

1.4. The works submitted to the competition are entitled to use by the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center at their own discretion for other projects (animation film, etc.)

1.5.   The competition is announced in 3 nominations:

- For the best storyline;

- For a distinctive characteristical image portrayal;

- For adherence to folklore traditions.

2.  Aim of the competition

2.1.   The purpose of the competition is to identify and popularize the works of authors writing about the multicultural musical instrument khomus (jew's harp, trump)

2.2. Perpetuation of the memory of Shishigin N.S., director of the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center 2008-2018.

3.  Participants of the competition

3.1.  Authors to take part in the competition are:

- children aged between 12 years old  and 18 years old inclusevely;

- adults older than 19 years old;

4.  Requirements for works

4.1.  Works (both published and unpublished) written in Yakut, Russian and English are accepted for the competition.

4.2. The minimum and maximum number of entries for the competition is not determined.

4.3. The following works are not accepted for the competition: rules of incitement to ethnic hatred and extremist actions; position of profanity; violating copyright.

4.4. The author participates with 2 fairy tales on the following topics:

- continuation of the fairy tale by Lyubov Olesova-Taptalaana "Kulanik" - a project by N.S. Shishigin (source text on https://ilkhomus.com);

- the author's tale about khomus

5.  Procedure for submitting works to the competition

5.1.  When nominating for the competition, the following materials are submitted:

- an application for participation in the competition with a brief description (annotation) of the proposed work, which indicates its full name and output data (Appendix 1);

-  the competitive work is accepted to the e-mail address of the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center: ilkhomus1990@mail.ru  marked "Fairy Tales Competition”

5.2. Works sent to the competition are not reviewed, submitted copies of works are not returned;

5.3. Applications for the competition that do not meet the requirements of these regulations are not considered.

6.  Terms of the competition

6.1.  Applications and entries are accepted from February 13, 2021 to November 1, 2021 inclusive.

6.2. Summing up the results of the competition on the website of the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center https://ilkhomus.com on 30 November 2021

6.3. Publications that entered the competition later than the specified period are not allowed to participate.

7. Work of the competition committee

7.1. The works submitted for the competition are evaluated by the members of the competition committee. The commission develops and determines the criteria for selecting the winners independently;

7.2. The competition committee decides on the awarding of the prize by voting;

7.3. The decision made by the competition committee is final and not subject to revision.

8. Summing up the results of the competition and awarding participants

8.1. Information about the results of the competition is published in the mass media, as well as posted on the websites of the People of the World Khomus Museum and Center, Pisateli Yakutii (Writers of Yakutia) Association, Ministry of Culture and Spritual Development of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

8.2. According to the results of the competition, 6 (six) literary prizes are established (one in each category, by age category) and the Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is ​​awarded to the author of the best work in the fairy tale genre on the theme of the competition. Prizes are awarded to the winners of the competition and are of personal character. All participants are issued certificates of participation.

8.3. Based on the results of the competition, the selection of the best works is carried out, which are recommended for publication in the collection.

8.4. The awarding ceremony for the winners of the competition will be held on November 30, 2021 on the Day of Khomus

9. Organization fee

9.1. Participants in the competition pay an organizational fee of 500 (five hundred) rubles;

9.2. Citizens of the Russian Federation pay to a mobile bank at 8-914-288-72-84 Sardana Egorovna Desyatkina, indicating their name and surname;

9.3. Citizens of foreign countries pay a fee to PayPal dessardana@mail.ru indicating their name and surname.

10. Informational support of the competition

10.1. Informational coverage of the competition is carried out: in the regional media; on the websites of the State Budgetary Establishment People of the World Khomus Museum and Center, the International Jew’s Harp Society, the Ministry of Culture and Spiritual Development of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), on the official social networks on Instagram @ilkhomus, @jewsharpsociety, Facebook accounts https://www.facebook.com/il.khomus.9 https://www.facebook.com/JewsharpSociety .

11. Contact information

11.1. SBE People of the World Khomus Museum and Center - e-mail: ilkhomus1990@mail.ru., Contact tel. - 8 (4112) 42-86-75, contact person - Migalkina Elizaveta Ivanovna.


Director SBE RS(Ya)  People of the World Khomus Museum and Center

D.D. Byastinov


International Jew’s Harp Society

Franz Kumpl