5th National Literary Contest "And Children Conquer the Worlds. Show that you can!" 2018/2019

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INVITATION

FOR PARTICIPATION IN A NATIONAL LITERARY CONTEST IN WRITING A SHORT STORY OR AN ESSAY


The Chance for the Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation announces the V-th National Literature Contest "And Children Conquer the Worlds. Show that you can! "- 2018/2019. The competition is about writing a short story or essay, and encouraging the talent of children and young artists with a keen interest in literature and creative writing. It is a national one and is organized for the fifth consecutive year as part of the projects of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation to support the development of young Bulgarian talents.

Contest theme: "My letter to Bulgaria"

The competition is supported by the special participation of the prominent contemporary Bulgarian author Radoslav Gizgindjiev and the "Book Factory".

Conditions for participation and competition criteria:
  • Participants - children and youngsters from 15 to 20 years of age from the whole country;
  • Contest texts - written in 2018 and 2019 and not yet published;
  • Maximum volume - 2 numbered printed pages;
  • Formatting requirements: A4 format, Times New Roman font, 12 size;
  • Genre: story and essay;
  • Official language: Bulgarian.
Evaluation criteria:
  • Originality and creative approach to presenting the topic;
  • Purposefulness, persuasiveness and completeness of the argumentation;
  • Language Precision and Style Unity;
  • Genre matching of the contest text.
Applying:
  • Deadline for submitting the works: January 6, 2019
  • The works are sent as an attachment to info@forbgkids.org

 

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Love. Hope. Homesickness. Farewell. Accusation. All these feelings are felt in the new book collection "Letter to Bulgaria from young Bulgarians around the world". The Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation brings together in the book the most sincere and exciting works of 28 talented young authors living abroad. They are participants in the VI literary competition "And children conquer worlds. Show that you can!" on the topic "My letter to Bulgaria".

The book collection "Letter to Bulgaria from the young Bulgarians around the world" is the second in the series about the "voice", the thoughts and feelings of the children towards our homeland. It is a kind of mirror of the feelings and attitudes of young people living outside our country and is an interesting and important comparison of the first book "My letter to Bulgaria", published last year with the works of young Bulgarians living in the homeland.

"The children's stories and essays deeply touched us and brought us hope for the future of Bulgaria. The works of all participants are extremely bright and strong and fully deserve their place in the book," said Liliana Slavova, President of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation.

"This project was interesting because it reflects the mood of young people abroad. The palette is rich - at one hand young people say goodbye to their country, as if forever. And on the other hand the rest promise to do everything possible to return when they can." summed up the famous Bulgarian writer Radoslav Gizgindzhiev, who was also chairman for the second consecutive year of the prestigious competition.

The beautiful cover is again the work of the talented Burgas artists Elena Mazneva and Rostislava Nacheva, graduates of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation and the Center for Young Talents.

Has the permanent residence abroad refracted the prism of their worldview towards their homeland? Is the thread broken between the young people and Bulgaria? Readers will find their answers to these and many more questions in the wonderful works of young authors.

The collection of stories and essays of literary talents can already be purchased online at biblio.bg or in bookstores around the country.



Liliana Slavova is a smiling girl. We associate her with her activity in the Chance for the Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation, because the organization has many and some very interesting initiatives. One of them is the starting point for this conversation - "Together for a better tomorrow", based on the nice idea that everyone should send to the Foundation their Book of Hope to help our faith in a better morning, and tomorrow, in these troubled times. Lily is the wife of Giovanni, whose story, directly from Italy, we included in our series Chronicle of Troubled Times, which marked the incredible moment with which destiny decided to meet us here and now.

We talk to Lily Slavova-Bruno about various things, because we need her, as well as any other hope:

View Sofia: Tell us about yourself, Lily?
Lily Slavova-Bruno: I don't like to talk much about myself. I believe that a person is what he makes of himself and what he leaves behind. Still, I will introduce myself briefly - I am a film critic and media expert by profession. I graduated in film criticism, theater studies, journalism, German studies and novels in Germany and specialized in film adaptation in the United States. My professional experience has been gained in the big televisions in Germany and in our country. However, the project that changed my life is the realization of a dream of creating a Talent Foundation! Since 2011 I have been the chairman of the Chance for Children and Nature Foundation of Bulgaria Foundation, in the same year we founded in my native Burgas the only Bulgarian European certified Center for work with young talents. I am proud of the development and success of our children, with the first free Literary Club-reading room The Little Prince, which has been stimulating reading in Burgas and the region for three years now, and with the thousands of implemented initiatives and campaigns in support of Bulgarian talents! I am a dreamer and an incorrigible optimist who does not stop believing in the good and fighting the "windmills".

VS: A little more about the Foundation?
L: The idea was born exactly 10 years ago (now I realize how imperceptibly they passed) in an informal conversation between best friends from school years. Growing up during the Transition and graduates of the English Language High School in Burgas, we were forced to scatter all over the world to continue our education and realize ourselves professionally abroad. In 2010, we decided that the time had come to do something for our country and in particular for the country's largest capital, its children. Thus was born the Chance for the Children and the Nature of Bulgaria Foundation and shortly afterwards its largest project - the creation of a Center for Young Talents. The driving force, the basis of the philosophy of the Foundation, was the clear awareness of the need to build intellectual potential, providing an opportunity for expression and development of talented and capable young Bulgarians. The main mission of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation, a member of the European Council of High Ability (ECHA) and the Center for Young Talents is to help and support the development of the gifts of Bulgarian children and young people aged 6 to 20, providing them with a chance that depends exclusively on their qualities and skills, hard work and perseverance. We successfully implement and invest in creative initiatives for advanced education and training in all areas of science, technology and art, related to the interests and diverse talents of our children.

VS: What is your Book of Hope?
L: My Book of Hope is brand new and even more dear to me because it is OURS, as it has collected the stories and essays of 28 talented children, young authors living around the world. Love. Hope. Nostalgia ... All these feelings and emotions are felt in our new book - "Letter to Bulgaria from young Bulgarians around the world". It contains the most sincere and exciting works of the participants in the VI-th literary competition "And children conquer worlds. Show that you can!" on the topic "My letter to Bulgaria", organized by our Foundation. The book collection "Letter to Bulgaria from young Bulgarians around the world" is the second in a series and is a kind of mirror of the feelings and attitudes of young people living outside our country, an interesting and important comparison with the first book "My letter to Bulgaria" published last year with the works of all young Bulgarians living in the homeland. Working on the book, in addition to pleasure, brought me a lot of optimism about the future in this difficult time for all of us.


VS: And the other 5 favorites?
L: I read a lot and find it difficult to list specific titles, but I will share some of my favorite books forever: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Pan by Knut Hamsun, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins, and many others.

VS: How can we help children at this time - do not play outside, do not go to school, parents are anxious - how to save these wonderful creatures, how to make the blow less painful for them?
L:
From the very beginning of the state of emergency, the most important thing for us was not to panic, but on the other hand to be responsible and keep the children healthy. Our team came together and very quickly developed distance learning programs. Along with training, we try to stimulate creativity in children and teach them endurance and patience! During these months at a social distance we try to be even more active and offer a variety of new and alternative activities. We have created a campaign to fight the virus with art entitled "Together for a better tomorrow" with various initiatives including: a virtual exhibition under the same title, "Box of dreams and desires" for all of us longing for life after the pandemic, design and sewing on original protective masks from our talents in Debut project for Fashion Design at the Center, we recorded two songs about HOPE with our vocal group "Sea Blue" and our folk group "Zelenika". We give BEAUTY and HOPE and we do not lose our optimism, in our opinion this is the most important thing at the moment.

VS: When and how does the campaign end?
L:
Our latest initiative from the campaign against the pandemic through art Together for a Better Tomorrow was announced on the occasion of World Book Day. Together with our Literary Reading Club, we called on all Bulgarians to share which book gave them hope and optimism during the state of emergency, by sending us their photo with it. We are aware of the great importance of books in the life of mankind, especially in difficult times such as those of a global pandemic. We know that books are not only a faithful friend, but also manage to inspire courage, faith and optimism. With the virtual event we want not only to give hope through literature, but also to once again stimulate reading... which we cannot do without. We are very happy that so far the initiative has received an exceptional response and dozens of Bulgarians have already joined it. I would also like to thank all of our favorite Bulgarian writers, poets, actors, singers, journalists, TV producers, athletes for responding to our invitation and supporting us with desire and enthusiasm. And you will find out who they are after May 11, 2020, when the campaign is over.

VS: Whats coming next?
L:
Our most important annual project to support the development of talent, the "Awards, Scholarships and Prizes" program, is forthcoming. The aim is to support the training and performances of talented children and young people in the field of science and humanities, art and new technologies. The success of Bulgarian children deserves special attention, in addition to talent, they are due to many efforts. By awarding individual prizes, we want to make the young talents of Bulgaria proud of their achievements and to highlight their success in a given field as a victory that deserves special attention. Unfortunately, for the first time, the Foundation's Awards will not be held live. We are also about to officially present our new book "Letter to Bulgaria from young Bulgarians around the world", which will also take place online but with the hope and stipulation that in the late autumn of 2020 we will be able to present the book at a special event for readers in our Literary Club-Reading Room "The Little Prince".

VS: We had the pleasure of talking remotely with your husband, Giovanni Bruno, weeks ago. How are things in Italy at the moment? Will you hug soon? What will you whisper to him first?
L:
The sun is shining in beautiful Italy, summer is approaching and people are already smiling. Although with countless restrictions, life goes on, people return to work and hope for more good news. Unfortunately, there are still no flights and travel from one province to another is prohibited, so our meeting remains a daydream. Thanks to new technologies we are in constant video connection, I think that seeing all the words will be superfluous and the hug and kiss will be much more not only for the two of us, but also for all who are separated and long to touch relatives and friends! May we learn to appreciate the small but valuable things more and to capture the moments of happiness with all our senses!

Source: View of Sofia



After the end of the successful initiatives for sending drawings on the subject "Everything will be fine" and the magical "Box of dreams and desires", which brought together the deepest longings of children and adults for life after covid-19, the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation and the Center for Young Talents continue their campaign "Together for a better TOMORROW" with a new positive challenge.

On the occasion of World Book Day, the Little Prince Literary Reading Club and the Center for Young Talents call on everyone to share the book that gave them hope and optimism during the pandemic.

"We are aware of the great importance of books in human life, especially in difficult times like those of a global pandemic. We know that books are not only a faithful friend, but also manage to inspire courage, faith and optimism. With this yet another initiative we want not only to give hope through literature, but also to stimulate reading again ... which we cant do without. ", shares Liliana Slavova, President of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation.

The organizers invite everyone without age restrictions to join by sending a photo of them with the book, which has positively affected them during the state of emergency, in a personal message to the Facebook page of the Center for Young Talents, Burgas: https: // www. facebook.com/talantbgkids/ or as an attachment to info@forbgkids.org no later than 11.05.2020.

"There is no book from which one cannot learn anything."
Goethe

Today we are talking with Liliana Slavova - President of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation and the Center for Young Talents. And to get a deeper insight into what she does, we'll tell you a little more about her.

Liliana Slavova is a film critic and media expert by profession, television producer and program director with international experience. She graduated in film criticism, theater studies, journalism, German studies and novel studies in Germany, and speaks five languages. She returned to Bulgaria in 2005 and started working at BTV. This is just a short part of the beginning of Lily's professional biography, as all her close friends and colleagues call her. However, the project that changed her life was the realization of a talent foundation dream! As a co-founder and chairman of the Chance for the Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation, Lily created in her hometown of Burgas the only Bulgarian European certified Center for Work with Young Talents. She is proud of the first free Literary Club-Reading Room "The Little Prince", which has been stimulating reading in Burgas for three years now, with the premiere of the film about Burgas talents based on her idea - "Stories of Chance and Talent", with the prestigious National Literary Competition, as well as with the establishment of the first for Burgas and the region Mathematical Tournament for preschool children. With the books "My Letter to Bulgaria" by Bulgarian talented children and with the numerous achievements of the Bulgarian hopes the talented children, part of the Foundation and the Center. Dreamer and benefactor, incorrigible optimist, believer in the good.

When was your center founded?

Center for young talents in the city of Burgas, opened in 2011 as a pilot project of the Foundation "Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria". The main mission of the Foundation and the Center is to help and support the talent of Bulgarian children. After a very serious procedure in 2016, the talent center was approved and accepted by ECHA (European Council for High Ability) and thus became an officially certified European Talent Center. We are the first Bulgarian organization among 47 other countries, accepted in the prestigious ECHA - the European non-governmental organization, which has been working for 32 years in the field of talent development and is the most important in this field. We achieved it with our history, with the achievements of our talents and with a lot of work!

How do you contribute to the development of children's talents during the state of emergency?

We are in a very difficult period and at the moment the most important thing is that we are all responsible and stay healthy! As soon as the state of emergency was declared on March 13, our team came together and developed distance learning programs for our children. Along with training, we try to stimulate creativity in children and teach them endurance and patience! We are proud to create the campaign for the fight against the virus with art: Young talents give hope "Together for a better morning", this includes various initiatives of young talents from all over Bulgaria, including: a virtual exhibition under the same title, "Box of dreams and desires" for the longings of all of us for life after the pandemic, sewing original protective masks from our talents in the fashion design project "Debut" at the Center, we recorded two songs about HOPE with our vocal group "Sea Blue" and our folk group "Zelenika" . We give BEAUTY and HOPE and we do not lose our optimism!

What talents have you had so far at your center?

For these nine years we can call ourselves lucky, because some of us are children with talents from all fields of art and science with world-renowned successes musicians, artists, singers, artists, mathematicians, young writers, computer scientists, physicists, astronomers, chess players and many others.

Do you think that the situation we are in will have a negative impact on all talented children?

No, I don't think the "virus" can affect TALENT. On the contrary - I believe that difficulties stimulate even more the development of true talent and it will always find a way to develop and express itself!

Do you organize various participations for children?

Yes, all the time. In addition to the events listed above, for years we have been organizing many prestigious and successful national competitions, regional Olympiads and tournaments, contests and various forums for the manifestation of children's gifts! A few days ago, our National Comic Book Competition on "Bulgaria in the World" ended, and now our most important annual project to support the development of talent, the "Scholarships, Awards and Prizes 2020" program, is forthcoming. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2020.

Do you think that all people have talent, and that it is just hidden and waiting to be discovered?

Here I will respond with a quote from Stephen King: "Talent is cheaper than salt. The difference between the talented and the successful is in perseverance." I think that the most important thing for a talent is not only to be discovered, but also to be developed, and this is done with a lot of work.

What impact do you think art has on people?

It inspires them, makes them better, makes them think about the really important things in life.

Complete the sentence: "Art makes the world ..."

Art makes the world more beautiful and meaningful!

We are thankful for this interview with Liliana Slavova! We wish her good health and many more dreams to come true, as well as many more newly discovered talents!



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