“When tomorrow is today" or the future of young people through the eyes of a literary competition

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For the eighth time in a row, the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation is organizing the National Literary Competition "And Children Conquer Worlds. Show That You Can!". The theme of this year's competition is "When tomorrow is today" and through it the organizers challenge all young writers in Bulgaria between 15 and 20 to share their views, dreams, desires and aspirations related to a better "tomorrow". Those wishing to get involved can do so by submitting their own story or poetry, unpublished until now.

The winners will be chosen by a five-member jury chaired by the young Bulgarian writer Milen Khalov. Milen studied at the National School of Arts "Prof. Veselin Stoyanov '' in Ruse, later graduated in animation directing at NATFA. His love of storytelling prompted him to create the beloved children's and youth series "Kalo Zmeya", which is included in the lists of recommended summer literature of many schools in the country; has a number of awards and nominations: from the Sofia Library, Sliven Children's Book Festival, "Magic Pearl'' category Dreamers; "Eurocon" annual festival of fiction in Europe, and literary circle "Peroto".

The jury also includes Nadezhda Dineva, a writer and journalist. Debuted on the literary scene in 2019. with the novel The Order of the Scorpions, and The Mystery of Joan is the second novel she is currently working on. In May 2021 she organized the National Campaign "Green Reading", she was a jury in the competitions "I, the child of the sea", "ReadToMe" and the VII national literary competition "And children conquer worlds! Show that you can ".

The third member of the jury is Nikolay Kolev, screenwriter and casting director of the famous Bulgarian films "11A" and "12A", Master of Bulgarian Language and History. With the script for "XI-A" in 2014 he won "Pegasus" from Haskovo's "Southern Spring".

Part of the jury is also Stanislava Pircheva-Ava, a graduate of journalism at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski'', a longtime reporter for the BNR's Horizon Program and now host of the Night Horizon program. Her report is among the ten finalists in the 2011 Grand Prix, Union Radiophonique et Televisuelle International (URTI) radio program competition, the world's first radio and television institution based in Paris. Winner of a number of journalistic awards; laureate of the National Poetry Competition "Konstantin Pavlov'' 2015; winner of the Special Award of the Slavic Academy in the National Competition for Poets "Dora Gabe" 2016.

Nevi Bodjukova, a university lecturer, psychologist and author of the book "Fear of Love", also joined the jury.

"What is new in this year's competition is that young people can participate not only in storytelling but also in poetry. We believe that genre freedom will bring them more inspiration and greater breadth of expression. We are happy to discover, support and develop for ten years the greatest potential of our country is the talents of our children. There are no obstacles and barriers for the field of talent and despite the difficult times we live in, we expect exciting works," said Liliana Slavova, President of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation.

The deadline for submitting works is January 9, 2022. The finalists will be announced on January 26, 2022 on the organizers' website: www.forbgkids.org

The full terms of the competition can be found HERE.