general conditions, application, programs
Sofia Literature and Translation House offers short- and long-term artist residency opportunities in Sofia to international translators of fiction, poets and writers, editors, literary agents, publishers, literary managers, journalists and other professionals working in the field of literature and literary communication. Literary translators from Bulgarian, including emerging ones, are our priority.
The program aims to provide opportunities for professional communication with Bulgarian literary and publishing field, with the audiences and cultural life in Sofia. The international participants will be introduced to the literary and cultural scene in Sofia, as well as to new professional contacts. The House will provide the residents with access to artistic and cultural events in Sofia, to libraries and research centers, along with the possibility of specific meetings with key figures and cultural organizations.
Sofia Literature and Translation House residents are expected to work on a specific project (translation, writing, research), to host at least two events at the House (workshop, lecture, discussion or a lesson at the nearby high school), to communicate actively with their colleagues. If they wish, participants may get involved in other projects of Next Page and its partners. Applicants are not expected to speak Bulgarian, unless explicitly stated.
The participants in the residency program are selected in two ways: through special invitation and through open calls for proposals. Decisions in both cases are taken by the Program Board of Sofia Literature and Translation House. Applications are submitted year-round and reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be sent not later than 2 months prior to the residency.
General requirements to the participants in all residency programs
to be residing outside of Bulgaria (regardless of their nationality)
to have worked in the field of literature, translation, publishing or other related fields for the last five years, or to be PhD students
to express special interest in Bulgarian culture
Priority will be given to applicants working on a book with signed publishing contract and those with previous experience related to Bulgarian literature and culture (translation, participation in events, publishing Bulgarian author, events with Bulgarian participation, etc.). Communication with the program participants is carried out in English or Bulgarian. In exceptional cases we can provide translation from/to other languages.
Sofia Literature and Translation House offers free accommodation in one of the two residency rooms within the House or in a separate equipped apartment in downtown Sofia. Depending on the available opportunities, Next Page Foundation raises funds from various sources to cover the monthly costs of the residency at the amount of 400 euros/month and/or the applicant's travel to and from Sofia, public transport pass, access to libraries and a bicycle to use in the city.
For all types of residency programs applications are accepted year-round. The application procedures and documentation are extremely simplified, and the Foundation is flexible case by case. The first round involves sending a letter of interest of up to 3 pages with the following information: name of the applicant, a brief narrative resume (CV), the main objectives of the residency, preferred dates of residency, a list of publications and participation in international programs (if any), together with any other relevant information at the discretion of the applicant. The letter of interest must be in Bulgarian or in English, and sent no later than two months prior to the start of the residency to the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the second round the applicant receives the application form and details regarding general and financial conditions.