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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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Contest for Translators
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This fellowship has been designed to support professional translators of contemporary Bulgarian literature into English.


The candidates should be literary translators, and have at least three published translation of fiction work from English into Bulgarian or vice versa.


The applying translators should submit:
  • Synopsis of originally written in Bulgarian language fiction work, which they are planning to translate or refine during their residency at Open Letter Books;
  • Agreement from the author or the publisher of the book for translation. The book should be written by a living Bulgarian writer;
  • Translation sample of fiction work: 20 pages for novel or 10 pages minimum if applying with short story (please send one or more complete stories in order to reach the required minimum) The samples could be from the intended text for translation during the work stay at Open Letter Books;
  • Statement of Purpose explaining the interest in the fellowship, the relevance of the residency to the translatorís career, areas of literary interests etc.

The applying translators should have at least three published translation of fiction work from English into Bulgarian or vice versa.

The project is annual. For current contest, please check our website or sign up for our NewsFlash.

The programme is supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.