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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 Writers Print E-mail

The contest is for publication of contemporary Bulgarian novel in English language.


All candidates should have at least one novel, published in Bulgaria.

Each writer can apply with one translated excerpt from a novel already published in Bulgarian language.

In order to apply, please send:

  • Minimum 30, maximum 50 pages from your novel (Times New Roman, 12 pt, 1,5 space);
  • Biography (maximum 300 words);
  • Synopsis (maximum 1500 words);

All materials should be in English language.

This annual project is implemented in collaboration with Open Letter Books, US. For the current contest, please follow our website or sign up for our NewsFlash.

Milen Ruskov won the first contest with his novel „Thrown into Nature”.

The programme is supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.