At the beginning of 2011, National Endowment Fund “13 Centuries Bulgaria” established a national award for a Bulgarian novel of the year entitled “13 Centuries Bulgaria”. According to Statutes, the Fund is to announce a competition. The aim is to encourage and popularize contemporary belles-lettres. Invitees are publishers and authors of novels published during the year preceding the award.
The jury including Bulgarian writers, literary theoreticians and historians, critics and journalists with recognized authority and proven professionalism nominates six novels. Among them, the laureate of the Grand Prize is selected – an honorary diploma with the inscription “NEF 13 Centuries Bulgaria” and an appropriate sum.
The Prize is awarded at a solemn ceremony.
On May 09, 2019, at the Pen Club at the National Palace of Culture, the National Endowment Fund “13 Centuries Bulgaria” announced the novel “Saint Wolf, author Elena Aleksieva, for winner of the National Award for Bulgarian Novel of the Year “13 Centuries Bulgaria”.
The laureate was elected by a jury with chairman Prof. D.Sc. Amelia Licheva and members Vladimir Zarev, Assoc. Prof. D.Sc. Plamen Doynov, Marin Bodakov and Svetlozar Zhelev, among the nominated six novels: “Body under the dress”, with author Galin Nikiforov, “Sveti Wolf”, authored by Elena Aleksieva, “Ostaynitsa”, with author Rene Karabash, “Gloves for the Cold War”, with author Rumyana Zaharieva, “When the chestnut tree drops”, by author Stefan Kospartov, “Life has no second half”, with the author Hristo Karastoyanov.
The Culture Minister, Boil Banov, congratulated the participants in the competition and handed the prize to the winner. The executive director of NEF “13 centuries Bulgaria” Ms. Slava Ivanova greeted the Laureate on behalf of the Fund and thanked the jury.
NEF “13 Centuries Bulgaria” awarded the National Award for Bulgarian novel of the year “13 Centuries Bulgaria” on 9 May 2018. The ceremony took place in the Literary Club “Feather” of the National Palace of Culture.
President of the jury Mr. Vladimir Zarev announced the winner in a competition and – the novel “Javra” by Zahari Karabashliev. The jury composed by Prof. Amelia Licheva, Assoc. Prof. Dr Boris Minkov, Marin Bodakov, Assoc. Prof. DSc. Plamen Doynov, chose the novel among the six finalists in the competition: “Hearse, two rhinos”, Petar Daniel; “Invisible”, Natalia Deleva; “The Road to Thebes”, Yanitsa Radeva; “Fine dust particles”, Angel Ignov; “Chamkoria”, Milen Ruskov.
The Deputy Minister of Culture, Rumen Dimitrov, greeted the laureate and handed him the honorary Diploma of the NEF “13 Centuries Bulgaria”, with monetary coverage amounting to 11 000 BGN.
On May 11, 2017, in the literary club “Pen” of the National Palace of Culture, the National Award for Bulgarian novel of the year “13 Centuries Bulgaria” was given.
The jury, included Assoc. Prof. DSc. Boris Minkov, Prof. DSc. Boyan Biolchev, Deyan Enev, Zdravka Evtimova and Assoc. Prof. DSc. Plamen Doynov, nominated six of the total 46 novels that took part in the contest. Chairman of the jury Prof. Boyan Biolchev announced the winner – “The Last Territory” by Momchil Nikolov, publishing house “Ciela”.
The Executive Director of the fund, Mitko Todorov, welcomed those present and congratulated the winner of the prestigious prize.
On May 11, 2016, in the book club “Pen” at the National Palace of Culture, in the framework of the 21st edition of “Salon of Arts”, NEF “13 Centuries Bulgaria” for the 5th consecutive time bestowed the National Literary Prize for Bulgarian Novel of the year “13 Centuries Bulgaria” for 2016. Its winner was Zdravka Evtimova with the novel “The Same River”, publishing house “Janet – 45”. She was selected by a jury chaired by Prof. Dr. Miglena Nikolchinna, President, Prof. Dr. Mihail Nedelchev, Deyan Enev, Emilia Dvorjanova , Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yordan Eftimov.