Bistra Velichkova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She obtained her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2009 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and her double MA in European Studies in 2011 from Twente University, Netherlands, and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. In her career as a journalist, Bistra has published articles in various printed and online editions, such as Dnevnik, Kultura, Trud, Duma, E-vestnik, WebCafe, etc. As an author, she has published poetry and prose in the online magazines LiterNet, Public Republic and elsewhere.
In 2010, Bistra was awarded first place in the literary competition Paris Without Love organized by the author Mona Choban and Ciela Books. The same year, she participated in the literary reading Poetry Out of the Suitcase, organized by the poetesses Ivanka Mogilska and Bilyana Atanasova, with her poems Future in Past Tense and The Wash-line (Prostor). The two poems later appeared in the online literary magazine Dictum. In 2011, her work was selected for publication in the anthology Lirika 2011, edition of the National Palace of Culture (NDK). She participated with the poem Future in Past Tense chosen by the editors Edvin Sugarev and Mihail Nedelchev.
Currently, Bistra Velichkova is a freelance journalist and writer. Since recently, she has also maintained Double Delusion: an online blog for culture, literature and art.