East Tournament in Sliven, December 9-10

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the East region! The upcoming East tournament will be Zahariy Stoyanov FLHS in Sliven on December 9-10. Registration for the tournament closes on November 27. Coaches, you should have received an invitation to register for this tournament on Speechwire. If you haven’t received the invitation, or if you are a coach in a different region and would like to bring your team to this tournament, please email us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Letter of Invitation

The official letter of invitation in Bulgarian is coming soon! If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Press

Tournament press releases in English and Bulgarian are coming soon!

Tentative* Schedule

Coming soon! For now, note that the tournament will most likely begin on Saturday morning and end on Sunday afternoon

*Note that schedule is subject to change based on registrations.

Judging

We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments. If you are new to BEST and our tournaments, visit our Judging Basics page!

We will reimburse all judges for their transport if they use trains or buses, but we strongly encourage taking the most affordable option when possible (usually trains). Please purchase round-trip tickets and you will be reimbursed upon showing the ticket at the reimbursement station. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will also cover one night of hotel accommodations for regional tournaments. In exceptional circumstances when a judge can’t make it to the tournament site before 11am on Saturday, we will cover two nights of hotel accommodation.

A note for coaches: you do not need to register your judges on Speechwire. You simply need to ensure they fill out the judges registration form, as well as write in their name on the team roster and hotels spreadsheet.

To register as a judge, please fill out this form. Coaches, you must register if you are judging, too, and don’t forget to include your judges when you fill out your team roster spreadsheet (see below).

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet
  1. Open the team roster and hotels spreadsheet located here.
  2. Find your school’s tab at the bottom.
    If you are a new team and you don’t have a tab in the spreadsheet, you can create one by pressing the ‘+’ button on the bottom left corner of the spreadsheet page.
  3. Fill out the names of your team’s coaches, students, judges, chaperones who will be attending the tournament. Students’ names need to be filled out in Bulgarian as well as English*.
  4. Please note that we will book everyone who is listed on the spreadsheet in a hotel. If you are a local team, or anyone from your team does not require hotel accommodation for any reason, notify us with a note on your team’s sheet!
  5. The deadline to fill out the Team Roster Spreadsheet is November 27.

*Note: Please DO NOT Google Translate your students’ names into Bulgarian, but rather consult with them so we have a reliable point of reference. Also aim to avoid using English names as they appear on Facebook, since those might often be inaccurate.

Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form. The deadline to apply is November 27.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are 10 leva per student for Bulgarian teams and 10 Euros per event for students from international teams. There are penalty fees for adds, drops, or changes in student participation after the registration deadline and you can see details in the Costs and Fees page.

All registration fees need to be paid via bank transfer to the bank account listed below. If you use UniCredit to complete the transfer they will charge you a nominal fee; other banks may charge 3 BGN wire fee. After you complete the transfer, you must send us an email with a picture of your invoice and the following information in the subject line: school name, number of students, and amount of leva. All payments should be made in one amount, as a team. Individual payments for individual students will not be recognized.

Faktura (Invoice) Information:
Organization name: BEST Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournament Foundation
Registration address: Bulgaria, 1504 Sofia, 1 Panayot Volov St. Floor 2
BULSTAT: 176712880
IBAN: BG33UNCR70001521640901
MOL: Rumyana Ognyanova Mihaylova

Hotels

The first tournament hotel is Hotel Dream.
The address of Hotel Dream is Bul. Panayot Hitov 111, 8800 Sliven.
The price of Hotel Dream is 21 leva per person per night.

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Brilliantine.
The address of Hotel Brilliantine is Bul. “Stefan Stambolov”, 8808 g.k. Sinite kamani, Sliven.
The price of Hotel Brilliantine is 22 leva per person per night.

The third tournament hotel is Hotel Kredo.
The address of Hotel Kredo is 1 “Predel” st, 8800 Sliven Center, Sliven.
The price of Hotel Kredo is 20 leva per person per night.

The fourth tournament hotel is Hotel Sports Palace.
The address of Hotel Sports Palace is bul. Georgi Danchev 2, 8800 Sliven.
The price of Hotel Sports Palace is 23 leva per person per night.

Transportation

Local taxi numbers are coming soon!

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the tournament site – Zahariy Stoyanov FLHS :

Here are directions on how to get from the tournament hotels to Zahariy Stoyanov FLHS:

Food

Information on food options at and near the tournament site is coming soon!

Debate Motions

Prepared motions

  • This house supports two-party political systems over multi-party political systems.
  • THW require all news media organisations to select and publicly state a political affiliation.
  • THBT famous public figures should face harsher punishments for their crimes.

Impromptu topic hints coming soon!