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 Filitsa Mullen Creative Writing Competition.

The late Filitsa 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 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 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and poems (up to 200 lines) are invited, with a limit of one submitted piece per student, works must be previously unpublished. Entries will be blind reviewed by two members of the department. Send your entries to the Chair of the Department of Literature and Theater, Prof. Sean Homer at Please send your story or poem as an attachment and remove all identifying information. Include your name, contact details and the title of your entry in the body of the email. The winners of the competition will be announced at the annual Honors Convocation on April 8 and notified by email.

Judges for fiction: Michael Cohen & Henry Garfield

Judges for poetry: Vladimir Levchev & Lubomir Terziev


First: 150$
Second: 100$
Third:  50$


The winners of the 2019 Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen Creative Writing Competition are:


1st—Marko Lubarda,  “Load Bearing”
2nd—Ketevan Mdzinarishvili, “Spider”
3rd—Vasil Tuchkov, “Opiparo’s Day”


1st—Andreea Ceplinschi, “Immigrant Gold”
2nd—Asset Janabekov, “Fata Morgana”
3rd—Yagama / Mariana Perianova, “I Am Hungry”

Honorable Mentions:


Evgenia Tumar, “Snow Leopard”
Georgi Iliev, “T-Shirt”
Ani Devdariani, “Last Time, First Time”


Hristo Popov, “May These Words…”
Iliana Bezinska, “Red”
Maria Sufieva, “monomania”

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