The Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen Creative Writing Competition

The Department of Literature and Theater is pleased to announce the fourth annual Filitsa Sofianou-Mullen Creative Writing Competition.

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 All submitted work must be previously unpublished.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.


Send entries as an attachment to

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.


Submit works by Midnight on Friday, March 18.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the annual Honors Convocation on April 14 and notified by email.


Entries will be blind reviewed by two members of the department.


Prof. Michael Cohen & Prof. Olga Nikolova


Prof. Vladimir Levchev & Prof. Lubomir Terziev


There will be separate prizes for each category, prose and poetry.







About the 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 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.

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