This current issue presents texts by the 2011 Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellows: John Struloeff and Ivan Landzhev
Translator Iglika Vasileva got the 5th Krastan Dyankov Award for best translation of contemporary novel from English into Bulgarian for her work on Diary of a Bad Year by Nobelist J. M. Coetzee and Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow.
Nikolay Boykov was born in 1968. His published works include Book of Life, Ciela, 2010, To Petar, Janet 45, 2006, Declaredin Love, 2005, Poems With Biography, Janet 45, 2003, and Metaphysics, Free Poetic Society, 2000
Carin Clevidence is the author of the novel The House on Salt Hay Road. Her short stories have appeared in Story, the Indiana Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, and FiveChapters.com, and her nonfiction in Grand Tour, Fiction Writers Review, and the Asahi Weekly of Japan.
Krassimir Damianov, born in 1948 in Sofiа, is a civil engineer. He worked on the construction of the Asparuhov Bridge as well as at the National Institute for Culture Monuments, the Bulgarian Writers' Publishing House and Boyana Cinema Studios. He also worked as a taxi driver in Sofia.
Kelly Luce's collection of stories set in Japan won the 2008 Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and was a finalist for the 2010 Bakeless Prize. Her fiction has recently appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, and other journals.
Zachary Karabashliev's novel 18% Grey, (18% Сиво, Ciela Publishing, 2008) is a bestselling title which has run to 8 editions. It won the Bulgarian Novel of the Year 2009 Award from the Edward Vick Foundation, and was a finalist for the renowned literary biennial Elias Canetti Award.
Charles Conley, born and raised on Long Island, was a 2009-2010 fellow at Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York and a 2008-2009 fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Paul Vidich is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA programme. His stories have appeared in online literary journals and have been finalists in Glimmer Train contests, the 2009 Richard Bausch Short Story Contest, and the 2008 Raymond Carver Award for New Writers. He is a board member of Poets and Writers.