The Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen Creative Writing Competition

The Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen
Creative Writing Competition

The Department of Literature and Theater is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen Creative Writing Competition.

The late Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen was one of AUBG’s emblematic figures. Apart from being a distinguished literary scholar and a beloved teacher, she was also a fine poet. Her poetry combines honesty with sophistication, spontaneity with erudition, and introspection with resistance. Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen’s book of poetry Prophetikon was published in English and Bulgarian.

The goal of this competition is to find and encourage talented young writers, thus keeping alive Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen’s spirit of devotion to literature and to her students.

All AUBG students and alumni are eligible for participation

Short pieces of prose fiction (up to 2,000 words) and poems (up to 200 lines) are invited, with a limit of one submitted piece, prose or poetry, per student. All submitted work must be previously unpublished. Entries must be in English and work previously submitted to the competition is not eligible. There will be separate prizes for each category, prose and poetry; entries will be blind reviewed by two members of the department.

Send entries as an attachment.  Please be sure to remove any identifying information from the file, as entries are read blind. In the subject line of your email write the title of your entry exactly as it appears on the attachment. Send entries or any queries to the Department Chair, Prof. Sean Homer

The winners of the competition will be announced at the annual Honors Convocation on May 8, 2021 and notified by email.

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2021 (Midnight)

Judges for fiction: Prof. Michael Cohen & Prof. Olga Nikolova

Judges for poetry: Prof. Vladimir Levchev & Prof. Lubomir Terziev


1st - 150$
2nd - 100$
3rd - 50$

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