The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Prize supports the traditions of classical and current trends in modern Russian literature.
The jury of the award, headed by the great-great-grandson of the writer Vladimir Ilyich Tolstoy, includes well-known Russian writers, literary critics and public figures. At different times, Narine Abgaryan, Vladimir Grigorenko, Guzel Yakhina, Evgeny Vodolazkin, Alexey Ivanov, Zakhar Prilepin, Vasily Golovanov, Mikhail Tarkovsky, Roman Senchin became laureates of the prize at different times.
The prize is awarded for the best art work of a traditional form in three categories:
- Modern Russian prose
- Foreign Literature
Samsung Special Prize Readers' Choice marks the author of the book, which scored the largest number of votes based on the results of an open readership online voting. Voting is made from a short list of nominations Contemporary Russian prose.