The „Miladinov Brothers” award was established in 1963 as recognition for the best poetry book between two editions of the Struga Poetry Evenings festival. The award is the most important national prize for poetry in Macedonia.
The award was named in honour of the eminent Macedonian educators and cultural activists, brothers Dimitar, Naum and Konstantin Miladinov. The elder borther DImitar was a collector of Macedonian folklore and a teacher of the first poets of the Macedonian Romanticism. The younger brother Konstantin was the founder of the contemporary Macedonian poetry. In his honour in 1962 Struga Poetry Evenings were launched.
The international recognition, the award “Miladinov Brothers” is allocated at the international poetry meeting Bridges at the outflow of the Crn Drim River in front of an audience of several thousands of people. Struga Poetry Evenings each year publish representational book of poetry by the winner of the award “Miladinov Brothers“ translated in English.
The first winner was Mateja Matevski with his book of poetry „Equinox”.
Excerpts from the book „Poetry Capital of the World“ by Goce Ristovski