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2012 Sozopol Fiction Seminars Application Deadline March 7th

Barry Lopez / Photo by David Liittschwager

Barry Lopez / Photo by David Liittschwager

Reminder: There are still a few days left to apply for the 2012 Sozopol Fiction Seminars. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Seminars, which take place each year in the historic, seaside town of Sozopol, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Famed fiction writer, essayist, journalist, and naturalist Barry Lopez will be the distinguished English language guest lecturer this season. Lopez is the author of many books, including Arctic Dreams, which received the National Book Award, Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of the John Burroughs and Christopher medals, and numerous works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His essays have been collected in two books: Crossing Open Ground and About This Life. He is a regular contributor to Granta, The Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, The Paris Review, Manoa, and other similar publications. His work has been widely anthologized, appearing in such collections as Best American Essays, Best Spiritual Writing, and the “best” collections from National Geographic, Outside, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, and other periodicals.

Join Lopez and fellow faculty members Deian Enev (BG), Elizabeth Kostova (US), and Krassimir Damianov (BG/ES) from May 24 – 30 for a week centered on literature, translation, and conversations about this year’s theme: “Writing Place.” Special guests include editors Ben George (Ecotone) and Dwayne Hayes (Absinthe: New European Writing), as well as FWR’s own editor-in-chief, Jeremiah Chamberlin, and contributing editor Steven Wingate.


  • Ten scholarships to attend the Sozopol Fiction Seminars will be given to five fiction writers working in English and five working in Bulgarian
  • The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation will cover tuition fee, room and board, in-country transportation, and 50% of the international travel expenses
  • There is no entry fee
  • Application deadline is March 7
  • Visit the EKF Website for further details and to submit your application online

For more on the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, read the photo essays FWR published about last year’s seminar:

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