How to Join Sofia Writing Challenge: Beat the Entry Challenge

Updated: Feb 7, 2019


Write a short story in English, 2000 words max, that starts with this sentence.

It’s finally time to officially launch the Sofia Writing Challenge! Do you want to join the first course, focused on writing short stories in English? Here’s what you gotta do.


Beat the entry challenge, fast!


What’s the entry challenge?


It’s to write a short story in English, 2000 words max, that starts with this sentence:


“It’s actually the Milky Way,” said John.

Why is there an entry challenge before the course?


Because the idea of the Sofia Writing Challenge is to challenge you to put an end to procrastination, sit down and start writing.


And so, to make sure we’ll get the most motivated writers in our courses, we want to see if you can successfully face a challenge in the first place. Beat it and you’re (almost) in!


What’s the deadline?


There are 3 deadlines actually:


  • 18 December | Super Early Bird Deadline - if you meet this deadline and your story is among the best 3, your course fee will be 400 lv

  • 29 December | Early Bird Deadline - if you meet this deadline and your story is among the best 3, your course fee will be 450 lv

  • 15 January | Final Deadline - if you meet this deadline and your story is among the best 4, your course fee will be 490 lv


If you meet the 1st or 2nd deadline but don't rank in top 3, you'll still participate in the next best submission selection(s).



And don’t worry, submitting is free. The fee is for the course afterwards.


How to submit a short story for the entry challenge?


Just email us the short story attached as a document file to office@part-time.bg. And don’t forget to include your name, surname and phone number in the email.


The first course in the Sofia Writing Challenge series


Like we said, the first course will be on writing short stories in English. Actually, it’s about writing the best short story in English you’ve ever written.


With the entry challenge finished and the (up to) 10 best writers selected, the course can begin. It’ll start on 25 January and will include 10 writing sessions and a final event.


Course summary


  • Duration: 10 sessions of 2 hours plus a final event

  • Day & time: Fridays, 7-9 PM

  • Location: SOHO coworking space

  • Start: 25 January

  • End: 29 March (the last writing session) /30 March (the final event)

  • Fee: 400 / 450 / 490 lv

  • Awards: Best Short Story Award; Readers’ Award

  • Prizes for the participants & the winners: to be announced


Yes, there will be a lot of prizes for the winners and the rest of the participants in the course. We promise you’ll love them all, but we won’t spill the beans yet.


Let’s recap


So if you love writing in English and want to get better, this is your destination. Literally, you’ve nowhere else to go. And you probably already know it because that’s the only course for people like you, people who write in English, in Sofia (and probably entire Bulgaria). We knew it, too, and that’s why we’re on this journey today.


Moreover, that’s the only creative writing course that starts with a challenge. We won’t just accept anyone. We won’t just take your money. We want the best, and we want to give you our best. Motivation is the king here.


And on top of that, you’ll get awards and actual prizes for your effort and passion for writing!


Join the Sofia Writing Challenge. Sit down & start writing. You already know how great it feels. Let’s be in this together.



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