The ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund is introducing a new competition entitled ‘Contemporary Bulgarian Fiction Without Borders’, to be held in 2022 on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. Authors from all Bulgarian communities around the world, who have reached the age of 21 and are Bulgarian citizens permanently residing outside the territory of Bulgaria, or those of proven Bulgarian origin with an address abroad, are eligible to submit their works. According to the contest regulations, the nominations for literary works by authors from the Bulgarian diaspora should be made by Bulgarian communities, cultural clubs, or associations of authors with registration on the territory of the respective country. There are three categories: novel/short story; collection of short stories; anthology of poetry. After judging the submitted projects, a winner will be selected in each category. The three successful works will be published in Bulgaria by the St Kliment Ohridski University Press, as NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ will provide for materials and consumables for the printing of each one to a limit of BGN 3,000.
The Administration of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and the ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund are the competition organisers.
The goals are to support creativity in the Bulgarian language without geographical confines; to patronise the publication of poems and fiction awarded by a competent jury; to promote the Bulgarian diaspora’s literary works in Bulgaria and among Bulgarians around the world; and to help preserve Bulgarian literature, traditions, culture, and language.
The NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ Management Council has approved the application conditions for the competition, and they can be viewed HERE:
Application form and all required documents HERE:
Sample declaration of consent to participate in the competition HERE:
1 March: opening date of the application period
30 June: application deadline
by 15 September: announcement of the winners
October, November, and December: publication of the winning works