Sofia Writing Challenge

Poetry Edition

in English

write & grow side by side with the best aspiring poets in English in Bulgaria

Sit Down & Start Writing

It's time to write your best poems in English

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Sofia Writing Challenge is a series of creative writing challenges and courses in English.


Every course begins with an entry challenge so only the most motivated writers will get in.

Our next course will be on poetry. So sit down & start writing! ♥

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I really loved the course. To be honest, I had my doubts – I didn't know the tutor, I didn't know you. But then, after I "risked" and jumped into it, I knew from day one that this was a course worth investing my time and money. The information was very helpful and well-structured, the tutor was very competent, the fellow writers were smart and competitive in a good way and this created an environment that made me want to grow. Thanks, guys!

How to Join

Sofia Writing Challenge

Here's how it works in 3 steps

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step 1

Beat the Entry Challenge

To join our Poetry course, you'll have to beat the entry challenge.

The challenge is to send us your 3 best poems in English, each shorter than 40 lines.

When ready, email your poems to with your names and phone number.

step 2

Be in Top 10 & Join the Course

The writers of the 10 best poems in the entry challenge will be invited to join our next course.

The course will have 10 writing sessions and 1 final event.

Your tutor will be UK author and university teacher Tom Phillips, who'll take you on a creative trip you'll never forget.

step 3

Write & Win
Perks & Awards

At the final event, we'll celebrate your progress and masterpieces.

We'll also give 3 awards: Best Poetry Award, Writers' Award & Readers' Award.

Everyone in the course will also receive perks from us and our partners.

Beat the Entry Challenge

Here's the timeline

Sofia Writing Challenge Poetry Entry Cha

What You'll Get

Poetry  Experience  Community  Prizes


This is THE course if you're into writing poetry in English. Nothing so advanced and practical has ever been made in Bulgaria.


During the course, we'll go on a memorable full-day microadventure away from Sofia. You'll love it!


Your tutor will be Tom Phillips - a UK university professor and author with numerous published poems and other works.


What could be better for an aspiring writer than classes in the house of one of the best publishers in the country?


Each of our students gets an exclusive membership to our Writers' Forum, where you'll read, publish and meet fellow writers.


EVERYONE in the course will get special perks from us and our partners. And the best will win amazing prizes! 

Deadlines & Fees

The faster you send us your poems in the entry challenge, the more likely you'll be to get the best fee

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28 Apr | Early Bird Deadline

If you meet this deadline and your poems are among the best 4 submissions, your course fee will be 450 lv

12 May | Extended Final Deadline

If you meet this deadline and your poems are among the best 6 submissions, your course fee will be 490 lv


Any Deadline | Students Discount

If you're a school or university student (up to a master's program), your course fee will be 400 lv, no matter the deadline

Partners ♡

Organizers ♡


A contemporary private language & culture center where everyone, from little children to adults, really actually learn English through a variety of programs and approaches.


Tom Phillips is a writer and a guest lecturer at various British and Balkan universities. He’s been published in many magazines, anthologies and pamphlets and has published four books of poetry.

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Svetoslava Koynova

Part Time Language & Culture Center

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