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Creative writing handbook

A handbook that consists of all lectures delivered within the Sozopol seminar is available now, for Kindle and in pdf to download....


Contemporary Bulgarian Writers in English presents up-to-date profiles of living Bulgarian authors of fiction and short stories.
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The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and Vagabond, Bulgaria's English Monthly, cooperate in order to enrich the English language with translations of contemporary Bulgarian writers. Each month we give you the chance to read a selected excerpt of a Bulgarian writer. Some of the presented writers will be translated in English for the first time. Enjoy our fiction pages.
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Dyankov Translation Award for 2007 Print E-mail

The first Translation Award of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation dedicated to the Bulgarian translator Krustan Dyankov went to Lyubomir Nikolov for his translation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, published in Bulgarian by Obsidian Publisher.
Lyubomir Nikolov, a Bulgarian writer and literary translator, was born on January 10, 1950 in Kazanluk.He studied engineering for two years in Tula, in the former Soviet Union, and graduated in journalism from Sofia University in 1977. Since then he has worked for Channel 1 of the Bulgarian NTV, the Central Council of the Bulgarian Trade Unions and several newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he began his career as a freelance writer and translator. Since 1988, Nikolov has translated more than 70 books from English by authors, including J. R. R. Tolkien, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, John Grisham, Frank Herbert, John Updike, and Clifford Simak. For his translation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, he received the Award of the Union of Bulgarian Translators (1991). Nikolov is author of five science fiction novels: The Generation Tribunal, 1978; The Mole, 1981; A Worm Under the Autumn Wind, 1986 (EUROCON’87 Award winner); Along the Wall, 1989 (SOCCON’89 Award winner); and The Tenth Righteous Man, 1999 (Readers’ Award for best SF novel of the years 1990-2000).

We congratulate Mr. Nikolov on his achievements!

Dyankov Award reporting for 2007: Titles that received at least one nomination and met the Award competition criteria for year of book publication 1996-2007 for the original titles and 2006-2007 for their Bulgarian translations:
Gregory Norminton, The Ship of Fools, Sceptre, 2001
Translator: Iglika Vassileva
Daniel Silva, Prince of Fire, G. P. Putnam’s Sons – Penguin Group, 2005
Translator: Ivan Atanassov
Christopher Buxton, Far from the Danube, Kronos, 2006
Translator: Todor Kenov
Julian Barnes, Arthur & George, Jonathan Cape, 2005
Translator: Lyubomir Nikolov
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, Riverhead Books, 2003
Translator: Lyubomir Nikolov
Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Viking, 2005; Penguin Books 2006
Translator: Nadezhda Radoulova
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad, Canongate Books, 2005
Translator: Dimitrina Ravalieva
Martin Amis, House of Meetings, Knopf, 2006
Translator: Zornitza Hristova
Michael Cunningham, Specimen Days, Mare Vaporum Corp., 2005
Translator: Iglika Vassileva
Paul Auster, Oracle Night, Henry Holt and Company, 2003
Translator: Iglika Vassileva

Yordan Kosturkov is a university professor of English and America literature. He has published numerous academic works; he is a member of many Bulgarian and international associations of creative artists and academics; he has translated novels of major authors of English and American literature: Laurence Sterne, Gore Vidal, Muriel Spark, Norman Mailer and many others. His work-in-progress includes the novels ‘Soc Novel’, ‘In the Beginning of the Autumn: The Novel of Vazov’ and ‘Magdalena-Elena’.

Ogniana Ivanovagraduated in English and American literature from Sofia University. She is a free lance translator from English into Bulgarian of books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry – 50 titles and editor of over 200 books of fiction and non-fiction. She was awarded “Honorary Badge First Degree” by the Bulgarian Translation Union for excellence in translation.

Vanya Tomova graduated in English Language Studies from Sofia University. She is award-winning translator and member of the Union of Bulgarian Translators. Since 2001 she is editor with CIELA Publishers.