The Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition in English has successfully concluded its third year, with the help of our supporters on GlobalGiving!
This year, more than 130 schools partook in the contest, and over 3000 essays were received from students in grades 6 to 12 from around the country. Students expressed great enthusiasm at the unusual topics—such as, “Why does a cactus have thorns?” and “What will the most popular film of the year 2050 be about?” –and our regional judging panels were impressed by the caliber of writing they were presented with. Of several thousand essays, our five regional judging panels worked hard to narrow the pool down to 105 finalists. These national finalists’ essays were then assessed in Sofia by a smaller panel of native speakers, writers, and specialists, with the top essays being selected for awards. The judges chose a variety of winners, ranging from comedic stories to touching memoirs and fantastical tales.
The awards ceremony, financed by our fundraising on GlobalGiving, was held in the Park Hotel Moskva in the capital on April 27, 2013. 21 winners and their English teachers came from all over the country to attend (once again, thanks to our GlobalGiving funds), and they were treated to afternoon creative writing workshops with Professors Michael Cohen (American University in Bulgaria—Blagoevgrad) and Rossitza Ivanova (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater/University of Veliko Tarnovo). After getting to know each other and picking up some writing tips, a formal awards dinner was held for the attendees. In addition to being awarded certificates, winners also received sets of books and English-learning materials as prizes from the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and Express Publishing. Several other special prizes were awarded by our other partners, including an autographed book prize by former Peace Corps Bulgaria volunteer and author, Cynthia Phoel, and scholarships to the AUBG summer English camp and an intensive 3-week SAT course, both on their campus in Blagoevgrad. Additionally, attending teachers received English materials as a token of appreciation for their hard work and support.
Shortly after, we also had the pleasure of unveiling our brand-new BCWC website, www.creativewriting-bg.com. From now on, the site will host registration information, pictures, updates and, most importantly, original copies of this year’s winning essays. We’re pleased to be able to share students’ talents with a wider audience, and encourage our supporters to see what talents their donations have encouraged to develop!
Also housed on the site is the new 2013 BCWC Newsletter, featuring a colorful summary of events, as well as photos from various writing sessions.
We would like to thank all of our donors on GlobalGiving, whose contributions made it possible for us to expand BCWC to such a great scale, and to provide our young writers with the encouragement and recognition they deserve! Thank you!
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