Panel of Judges 2006
Dimitar Tomov is director of the University Publishing House to St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. He is Chairperson of the Bulgarian-Russian Legal Club.
In 2004 he won the Nikolay Haitov Award for his book The Eternal Gypsy Camp. He has written The Alien (a short story collection), the novelette Life Goes On, The Bulgarian Literary School (publicism). He is a member of the Bulgarian Writers Union.
Dimitar Tomov was born on 29 October 1957 in Pavlikeni. He graduated in Bulgarian Philology at the Slavonic Faculty and Law at the Legal Faculty of St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. He has been Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Sofia University Newspaper for ten years.
Georgi Koritarov was born on 10 May 1959 in Sofia. In 1979 he graduated Slavonic Philology - Serbo-Croatian language at St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. He speaks Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Polish, English and Chinese and has working knowledge of Albanian.
He started his journalistic career with the establishment of Demokratsia Newspaper as a parliamentary reporter. Later he worked briefly for Demokratsia 91 and Kontinent Newspapers. He has worked for Radio Free Europe since 1992.
Initially he was a political reporter and later host of the information and analytical programmes Radiojournal, The World at 13, Before Midnight and Balkan Compass. Since January 2003, Georgi Koritarov has hosted the Blitz show, a joint production of Radio Free Europe and bTV. Currently he hosts the morning information show Hello, Bulgaria for Nova TV.
Irina Vagalinska is editor of Tema Magazine, author of the columns Art Week, Archeology and Book Guide. She is a laureate of the Book Knight 2005 Award awarded to her by Bulgarian Book Association and Ciela Publishing House.
She has worked for many years in the field of journalism as a reporter in the culture departments of the newspapers Kontinent, Demokratsia and Novinar.
She graduated History from St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, specialising in the history and theory of culture.
Petar Anastasov is a poet and playwright. Editor-in-chief of the Plovdiv Publishing House Letera.
He is the author of seven books of poems and a novelette that blends fiction and non-fiction: No Special Peculiarities. He is a laureate of the National Poetry Award Penyo Penev for his whole body of poetic work and the Poetry Award of the Bulgarian Writers Union for his book The Way I Love You. He has written six plays and the screenplay for the film A Church for Wolves which will be on Bulgarian National Television shortly.
Petar Anastasov graduated in Bulgarian Philology from St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. He specialised journalism in Moscow and then worked as a journalist for several Plovdiv newspapers. From 1975 to 1989, he was Director of Hristo G. Danov Publishing House. After 1989, he has worked as a playwright for the Kustendil Drama Theatre, Editor-in-chief of Hristo Botev Publishing House and Director of Bulgarian Writer Publishing House.