The sdy prize is an award given each year by the American Judaic Library to encourage aspiring authors to write Jewish children’s books. The book must be of excellent quality and suitable for younger readers (ages 8-11). The award was established in 1985 to complement the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award, which was established in 1984 to encourage aspiring writers of Jewish manuscripts that have not been published. In addition, the sdy prize also awards Notable Books, which are books that have not been selected as Prize winners but which have been deemed worthy of special attention. A list of Notable Books is published each year along with the list of Prize winners.
The winner of the sdy prize is determined by a jury of literary and publishing professionals. The committee evaluates the submissions based on a set of criteria, including originality, characterization, and overall quality. The winner of the sdy prize receives $10,000 in cash, plus publication of the winning book by AJL. The sdy prize is an important way to promote Jewish literature and encourage aspiring writers to write Jewish children’s books.
In a tournament full of amateur teams, the Russian-Ukrainian duo of Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev and Boris “magixx” Vorobiev came out on top at Red Bull Flick 2vs2 Helsinki Invitational. They had to make their way through a field of amateur players, including Nexus’ 16-year-old Laurentiu “lauNX” Tarlea and Bogdan “CHANKY” Serban, who were both eliminated in the first round of the lower bracket. However, sdy and magixx were able to fight through to the final, where they beat local duo Puteli & blaze in a grudge match.
Sdy joined Natus Vincere in early June on a temporary loan from MAD Lions, and helped the team win BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The event saw eight of the best teams from Europe and North America compete for a prize pool of $425,000, a World Final berth and 4,000 BLAST Premier points. During the championship, Sdy stood in for Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhaylov due to illness. The victory ensures that Sdy will be eligible to participate in IEM Cologne, which begins Sunday in Germany. Sdy will be joined by teammate Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, a fellow Ukrainian. They will also be joined by the likes of Russia’s Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy and Denis “electroNic” Sharipov. The roster will be coached by Ukraine’s Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodenskiy.