Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition

by CORPluS Foundation
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition
Students with certificates
Students with certificates

The first round of judging of the 12th Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition took part between 12th and 18th of January and it was organized online. 50 judges were divided in 7 judging panels and their task was to select the best 16 works in each age category.  The judges worked in pairs and after a lot of reading and discussions they managed to select the national finalists. The judges are specialists in different fields, young and more experienced, locals and native speakers, and they all are united by their love to reading and writing.

The selected 112 works advanced to the national round of judging which was organized also online on January 29th and 30th. 14 national judges worked hard to select the winning 3 works in each grade.

The winning works impressed the jury with their original ideas, imaginative thinking and with their rich and colorful language. They were organized in a booklet and published on the web site of the competition:

http://www.creativewriting-bg.com/assets/BCWC-Booklet-2022.pdf

All participants received certificates for participation, the national finalist received certificates for qualifying to the national final and small gifts and the winners received certificates, books in English provided by the US Embassy in Bulgaria and Klett and Express publishers, and branded t-shirts with the logo of the competition. Traditionally, AUBG gave 2 special awards – participation in the AUBG International summer camp and a free TOEFL preparation course. Two more special awards were given: 1. In the memory of Tim Steflic, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Bulgaria and 2. In honor of Cynthia Phoel

The Award ceremony was prerecorded and its premiere was on March 17th 2022 on the you tube channel of the competition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ3yAlwgr60

All participants and their teachers expressed their satisfaction and are eager to participate in the next competitions.

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The 12th edition of the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is underway and it is getting closer to its final stage. The registration started on October 1st and it was completed by October 25th. 140 schools registered for participation and over 3000 participants took part in the competition. For a second year we have an international participation – 150 students from Pakistan submitted their pieces of creative writing.

The writing days were organized on November 23rd and 24th. Due to the COVID pandemic most of the schools in Bulgaria were on distance learning and the competition was organized online. The students had an hour to write on topics provided by the organizers – 3 topics for each grade. They were unusual and provoked the creative and imaginary thinking of the students. The students really enjoyed them and among the most popular among them were: “Doing nothing is hard, you never know when you're done”, “The curious friendship between the sun and the cloud”, “I would go out of my mind, but I can't find the exit “, etc.

The first round of judging is planned for January 12th-18th and it will be organized online. 50 Judges with expertise in different spheres but united by their love for reading and writing will select the best 18 works in each age category.  The selected works will advance to the national round of judging which will happen online on January 29th and 30th and the winners will be announced on January 31st. The Award ceremony will be organized online at the end of February and all the participants and their teachers will be invited to be part of it.

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Aa every summer, CORPLUS foundation provided interesting opportunities for the young writers, who participated at the 11th Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition to further developed their writing skills. Useful materials on creative writing were regularly uploaded on the Facebook page of the competition. Topics varied from “How to get started with the creative writing” (9 exercises) to “Technology writing prompts for kids”, “Sensational summer writing prompts for students”, “10 writing prompts that develop writing skills”, etc. The idea was to provoke the students to keep writing and explore new areas of their interests and life.

“Elizabeth Kostova” Foundation offered again summer training courses which were designed especially for students. They also offered opportunities for stipends for covering the registration fees. The students were supposed to send several previous works and based on their creativity and qualities the best were selected to receive those stipends.

Three specialized courses were offered to students: “Work with the fantastic” with Vladimir Poleganov, “The more things change the more we need…monsters. How do writers make invented magic seem real?” with Eireene Nealand and again like the previous summer – “Once upon a future” with Diana Petrova. The students had the chance the create their unique pieces of writing and to discuss them with the workshop facilitators and the other participants. That was a wonderful experience for the students and they could apply the new skills they acquired at the next edition of the Bulgarian creative writing competition.

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Due to the COVID Pandemic all stages of the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition were organized online. After the preliminary judging the best 18 works from all 7 categories advanced to the national judging which took place at the last weekend of January. 14 national judges, well known experts in their professional fields, reviewed the selected works and came up with the top 3 in each age category. The jury was impressed by the emotional stories, the colorful descriptions of characters and settings, the wonderful use of the English language and the meaningful messages of the students’ pieces of writing.

The Award ceremony was prerecorded and uploaded on the YouTube channel of the competition. All the winners were presented with videos, photos and short bios. The award ceremony started with a brief address from the Executive director of CORPLUS Foundation, followed by greetings from the Cultural and Educational Affairs Officer of the US Embassy and the founder of the competition – Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Vaune Hough-Snee. The Bulgarian Ambassador in Pakistan also greeted the winners as there were two Pakistani students among them.

All winners received certificates of achievement, interesting books in English and many other gifts. The American University in Bulgaria announced their traditional special awards - participation at the AUBG International Summer camp and AUBG English Language Summer Course. Those awards were given to Mihaela from Vidin and Mihaela from Varna.

A famous Bulgarian actress read the poem of one of the winners and expressed her satisfaction with the high quality of the students’ works. She wished all the participants to continue creating such wonderful and catchy fairytales, stories and poems.

You can see the whole ceremony at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MchUwKeP8V4

A booklet with all wining works was created and uploaded on the web site of the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition:

http://www.creativewriting-bg.com/assets/BOOKLET-2021-Winners.pdf

 It is worth reading all those wonderful pieces of writing! Enjoy them!

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11th Creative Writing Competition is underway
By Dimitar Tsekov - Executive Director


The 11th edition of the Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition is underway and it is getting closer to its final stage. The registration started on October 5th and it was completed by October 25th. 126 schools registered for participation in the competition and over 2300 participants took part in the competition. This year for the first time we have an international participation – 92 students from Pakistan. It is a result of the newly established partnership with “Eye on Ivy” organization from Pakistan.

The writing days were organized on November 24 and 25th. Due to the COVID pandemic all the schools in Bulgaria were on distance learning and the competition was organized online. The students had an hour to write on topics provided by the organizers – 3 topics for each grade. They were unusual and provoked the creative and imaginary thinking of the students. The students really enjoyed them and among the most popular among them were: The Earth’s new clothes; Once upon a time, bees forgot how to make honey; If only she hadn’t chosen the red one; Bottled emotions are on sale; When nothing is going right, go left, etc.

The first round of judging also was organized online. 48 judges who are experts in different spheres were involved in the selection of the national qualifiers. The judges were impressed by the outstanding English language skills of the students, their distinctive styles, the voices of their characters, and all the transporting descriptions of setting and mood. They distinguished themselves as exemplary storytellers sharing vivid images and deep emotions and perceiving the world around them in a mature way. The 18 best works in each grade qualified to the national round of judging which will happen online on January 30th and the winners will be announced on February 1st. The Award ceremony will be organized online at the end of February and all the participants and their teachers will be invited to be part of it.

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