Saturday, January 19, 2013

Open Call: Sozopol Fiction Seminars 2013


Sozopol Fiction Seminars (23-26 May 2013)

The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation offers its sixth annual summer fiction writing seminar in the ancient town of Sozopol, Bulgaria. The seminar program consists of intensive daily fiction workshops, roundtable discussions, guest lectures and literary readings by faculty and participants. Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to the U.K. and the U.S., are invited to apply. A total number of ten applicants will be selected for participation and funding.


Five participants writing in English and five writing in Bulgarian language will receive scholarships. A scholarship covers tuition, room and board, in-country transportation, and 50% of international travel expenses.


Morning workshops will be led in English by Elizabeth Kostova (US), author of the best-selling novels The Historian (2005) and The Swan Thieves (2010), and in Bulgarian by Vladimir Levchev (BG), author of nineteen poetry collections (four published in the U.S.) and the novels Krali Marko: The Balkan Prince (2006),2084 (2009) and The Man and the Shadow (2012).
Guest lectures will be provided by Richard Russo (US), a writer and a screenwriter, a Pulitzer Prize winner for the novel Empire Falls (2002), author of the filmed novel Nobody’s Fool (1994), and Vladislav Todorov (BG/US), a writer and a screenwriter, author of the filmed novels Zift (2010) and Zincograph(2010).The program in Sozopol, Bulgaria, includes also roundtable discussions, meetings with distinguished international and Bulgarian editors, publishers, translators, as well as literary readings.
Follow-up events, organized as part of the long-term program of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation CapitaLiterature, will take place on 28 and 29 May 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • BG Applicants: 15 March 2013 (UTC + 2:00, EET);
  • NES Applicants: 15 March 2013 (UTC – 04:00, EDT).


In order to apply, the applicants must complete an online submission form. Please note that only online applications will be accepted!
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