The award ceremony for the 2014 BCWC was held this weekend in Blagoevgrad. 21 national winners and their teachers were invited to receive their prizes and to attend a seminar in creative writing facilitated by Associate Professor Michael Cohen from the American University in Bulgaria and Mariela Hristova – editor-in-chief of the university magazine „Fly in the Head”. The seminar, the award ceremony and the official dinner were in the Skaptopara campus of the AUBG in Blagoevgrad.
The ceremony started with some opening remarks by Dimitar Tsekov – CORPluS Executive Director, followed by addresses by Richard Damstra – U.S. Embassy Cultural Attaché, Galya Nikolova – representative of the national competition jury, and Boryana Shalyavska – Director of Admissions at AUBG. During her speech Ms. Shalyavska announced the two special awards generously provided by the AUBG – a 3-month summer camp (Nadezhda Metodieva from Plovdiv) and a summer SAT course (Anita Katsarska from Varna). The students from the Broadway Performance Club at AUBG performed some dances from this year’s musical show “All Shook Up”.
All national winners and their teachers received books in English as well as prize packages provided by Express Publishing, KLETT, Macmillan and Microsoft Bulgaria. Iliana Bezinska from Blagoevgrad received a signed copy of the book “Cold Snap” and 100 USD donated by the book’s author – Cynthia Morrison Phoel. Another signed copy of the book went to the school with the largest number of national qualifiers – Plovdiv Language school.