The Miladinov Brothers Award
The Miladinov Brothers Award is given for best book of poetry published between two editions of the International Struga Poetry Evenings Festival. The Miladinov brothers, Dimitar and Konstantin are renowned humanists and writers and educationists from the 19 century, born in the city of Struga. The older one, Dimitar Miladinov, was a teacher and collector of popular songs and stories, and the younger one, Konstantin, is more famous as a poet. During his studies in Moscow he wrote the most famous romantic poem in the Macedonian language, “Longing for the South”. This poem has become a symbol of the Festival, which traditionally opens with its verses read in several languages. The Miladinov brother ended their lives tragically in the Ottoman prisons, sentenced unjustly for their cultural and educational mission among their people.

The Miladinov Brothers Award was established in 1963, and the best book is selected after a publicly announced competition by the SPE Award Committee. The award is the most significant poetry prize in the Republic of Macedonia, recognized as a national poetry award.
Winners of the national poetry award the “Miladinov Brothers”
1963 Mateja Matevski
1964 Ante Popovski
1965 Radovan Pavlovski
1966 Bogomil Guzel
1967 Vlada Urosevik
1968 Petre M.Andreevski
1969 Mile Nedelkoski
1970 Petar T.Boskovski
1971 Petre M.Andreevski
1972 Bogomil Gjuzel
1973 Vlada Urosevik
1974 Blaze Koneski
1975 Gane Todorovski
1976 Aco Sopov
1977 Atanas Vangelov
1978 Milovan Stefanovski
1979 Slavko Janevski
1980 Eftim Kletnikov
1981 Mateja Matevski
1982 Mihail Rendzov
1983 Adem Gajtani
1984 Todor Chalovski
1985 Liljana Dirjan
1986 Vlada Urosevik
1987 Petko Dabeski
1988 Slavko Janevski
1989 Katica Kulafkova
1990 Rade Siljan
1991 Risto Vasilevski
1992 Jordan Danilovski
1993 Branko Cvetkosk
1994 Petre Bakevski
1995 Ante Popovski
1996 Svetlana Hristova-Jocik
1997 Gligor Stojkovski
1998 Gordana Mihajlova Bosnakovska
1999 Jovan Koteski
2000 Slave Gorgjo Dimoski
2001 Sande Stojchevski
2002 Radovan Pavlovski
2003 Eftim Kletnikov
2004 Petko Dabeski
2005 Petar T. Boskovski
2006 Bratislav Tashkovski
2007 Nikola Madzjirov
2008 Risto Lazarov
2009 Vesna Acevska
2010 Vladimir Martinovski
2011 Vele Smilevski
Bridges of Struga Award
As a result of the initiative rising from the communique signed in 2003 between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and UNESCO, among other issues, a new award, “Bridges of Struga” was established. This award is given to a young poet from all over the world for a best first book of poetry, after a public competition issued by the Festival and the member states National Commission for UNESCO. A special selection, called “Bridges” is published, including the poetry of the award winner, and all the other competitors for the award. This selection includes poems in the mother tongue of the poets, and translations into Macedonian and into one of the major languages of the world.
Winners of the “Bridges of Struga” award for best first poetry book in the world
2004 Angelo V. Suarez (The Philippines)
2005 Andrea Cote (Colombia)
2006 Marianna Geide (Russian Federation)
2007 Manua Rime (Belgium)
2008 Antonija Novakovic (Croatia)
2009 Ousmane Sarr-Sarrouss (Senegal)
2010 Siim Kera (Estonia)
2011 Hirosi Taniuci (Japan)
Golden wreath Award
In 1966, the Struga Poetry Evenings have grown into an international poetry manifestation. The same year the international poetry award the “Golden wreath” award was established. This prestigious award is given to a world famous live poet for his poetry and his deed. It’s an award made entirely by hand. It has the shape of a wreath with filligrans and it is made from gold.
Recepients of the Golden wreath Award
1966
Robert Rozdestvenski (Russia)
1967
Bulat
Okudzava (Russia)
1968
Laslo
Nadz
(Hungary)
1969
Mak Dizdar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
1970
Miodrag
Pavlovic
(Yugoslavia)
1971
Wystan
Hugh Auden
(USA)
1972
Pablo
Neruda
(Chile)
1973
Eugenio
Montale
(Italy)
1974
Fazil Hisni
Daglarga
(Turkey)
1975
Leopold
Sedar Sengor
(Senegal)
1976
Eugene
Guillevic
(France)
1977
Arthur
Lundkvist
(Sweden)
1978
Rafael
Alberti
(Spain)
1979
Miroslav
Krleza
(Croatia)
1980
Hans Magnus Enzensberger (Germany)
1981
Blaze
Koneski (Macedonia)
1982
Nikita
Stanescu (Romania)
1983
Sachidanand H. Vatsjajn-Agjej (India)
1984
Andrej Voznesenski (Russia)
1985
Janis
Ritsos
(Greece)
1986
Allen
Ginsberg
(USA)
1987
Tadeus Ruzhevic (Poland)
1988
Desanka Maksimovic (Yugoslavia)
1989
Thomas Shapkott (Australia)
1990
Justo Horhe Padron
(Spain)
1991
Joseph
Brodsky
(USA)
1992
Ferenzs
Juhas (Hungary)
1993
Genadi Ajgi (Chuvash Republic, Russia)
1994
Ted
Hughes
(Great Britain)
1995
Jehuda
Amichai
(Israel)
1996
Makoto
Ooka
(Japan)
1997
Adonis
(Syria)
1998
Lu Juan
(China)
1998
Yves
Bonnfoy (France)
2000
Edoardo Sangvinetti (Italy)
2001
Seamus
Heaney
(Ireland)
2002
Slavko
Mihalic
(Croatia)
2003
Thomas Transtroemer
(Sweden)
2004
Vasço
Grassa Moura
(Portugal)
2005
William
S. Merwin
(USA)
2006
Nancy
Morejon
(Cuba)
2007
Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine)
2008
Fatos Arapi
(Albania))
2009
Tomaz Salamun
(Slovenia)
2010
Ljubomir Levcev
(Bulgaria)
2011
Mateja Matevski
(Macedonia)
2009
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