On 27 April 2022, the ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund presented the prizes in the 25th national short story competition named for Rashko Sugarev, in the Prof. Vasil Gerov Hall. Journalist Magdalena Gigova, the Fund’s PR expert, hosted the event.
Jury members Theodora Dimova and Deyan Enev pointed out that the competition is a way to encourage young people to compose and create quality literature. Deyan Enev added that an author dedicated to belles-lettres, who breaks all standards, as did Rashko Sugarev, is the right one to be the competition’s patron. He emphasised that, over the years, more than 75 young writers have won awards, some already having earned a prominent place in Bulgarian literature. Theodora Dimova expressed her hope that, in the next competition, participants would be of equal quality, but greater in number.
Hristo Rayanov, winner of the first prize received a diploma as well as books published by NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’. Books were similarly presented to all the other prize winners. Rayanov is a Doctor of Science in Literature, Cinematography and Screenwriting.
Tea Moneva was awarded second prize for her story, ‘Collector of Eyes’. She lives in Germany, so she sent a representative, Radostina Ganova, who gratefully accepted the diploma on her behalf.
The third prize was presented for the short story, ‘Department of Severe Depressions’, by Ivelina Dobreva.