We are happy to introduce the following jury members for Bulgaria:
Anzhela Dimcheva, journalist, poet, literary critic, editor, secretary-general of Bulgarian PEN Centre - President of the jury
Velizara Dobreva, executive director at Egmont Publishing
Dimitar Atanasov, managing partner in Bookoholic Ltd
Darin Tenev, associate professor of literature, director of the Institute for Critical Social Studies at the University of Plovdiv
Svetlozar Zhelev, former publisher, radio & TV editor, lecturer, director of the National Book Center
Anzhela Dimcheva (1963, Sofia, Bulgaria) has a Master Degree in Bulgarian Philology and English Language. She is a PhD from the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies. A journalist, poet, literary critic, and editor, she is the Secretary-General of the Bulgarian Centre PEN, a member of the Union of Bulgarian Writers and the Union of Bulgarian Journalists. Anzhela is the author of eight books – six poetry books, a literary criticism collection and a book of lyrical prose – “Needles in Sleep”, published in Ukraine (2017, Bulgarian/Ukrainian) and in Germany (2021, Bulgarian/German). Her newest poetry book “Stand-in for hell” is a bilingual (Bulgarian/English, 2019).
Velizara Dobreva has thirty years of experience in publishing. She is executive director of Story House Egmont Bulgaria, a leading publishing house of children’s books, fiction, and non-fiction in Bulgaria. She is president of the Bulgarian Book Association since 2017.
Born in 1973, he holds Master degrees in Marketing and Management as well as Law from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia. He has been selling books for more that 25 years and has experience in various forms of trade - direct sales, online - including 15 years as a sales manager at one of the largest bookshop chains in Bulgaria.Since 2012, he is a managing partner in Bookoholic Ltd, an import and wholesale company, trading with English, German, French, Spanish and Bulgarian books.
Darin Tenev is an associate professor in the Literary Theory Department of the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” and director of the Institute for Critical Social Studies at the University of Plovdiv. He gave lectures in Tokyo, Kyoto, New York, Berlin, Münster. He has published two books – Fiction and Image. Models (2012) and Digressions. Essays on Jacques Derrida (2013).
Svetlozar Zhelev is a well known contemporary expert in the Bulgarian literary field. Former publisher, TV and radio host, he was a board member of the Bulgarian Book Association from 2006 to 2010, and president of the jury for the "Translations" program of the National Culture Fund from 2018 to 2020. He is a member of the programing committee of the "TRADUKI" network, board member of ENLIT, co-founder and board member of the "Elizabeth Kostova Foundation on Creative Writing", and a lecturer in Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" since 2013. He is the director of the National Book Center of the National Palace of Culture.