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Shel Silverstein Contest: Prizes for the Winners

An awarding ceremony will be held at the American Corner in Sofia at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012. The winners in 2012 Shel Silverstein Poem Translation Competition, announced for the second consecutive year by the Friends of Chicago Foundation, the American Corner at the Sofia City Library and Tochitsa Publishing House, will receive their prizes. This contest has been not meant for only professional poetry translators. Therefore, anyone who has good command of English and Bulgarian and is excited to translate the suggested poem from English into Bulgarian was able to participate. By June 1, 2012 fifty three translations of Shel Silverstein poem “Where the Sidewalk Ends” has been received.

Sheldon Alan Silverstein, better known as Shel Silverstein, was born in Chicago. His first collection of poems, Where the Sidewalk Ends, was published in 1974 and became an instant classic. Translated into 20 languages, his books have sold over 20 million copies. But Shel Silverstein was known not only as an author of children’s books. He was an American writer, cartoonist, singer-songwriter, musician and composer.

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