Wed, 2. 2. 2022

Among the nominees for the Dublin Literary Award are The Masochist and The Fig TreeThe list of nominees for the Dublin Libraries Award has been announced

Among the nominees are also two Slovenian novels, The Masochist by Katja Perat, which was nominated by the Maribor Library, and The Fig Tree by Goran Vojnović, which was nominated by the City Library of Ljubljana and the City Library of Rijeka.

Both volumes were published in English translation by Istros Books.

Congratulations to both authors, as well as the publishers and translators!

Mon, 3. 1. 2022

Barcelona have restarted the Montserrat Roig programFor the authors of any genre and in any language who have published at least one book so far

These funds open up an exceptional opportunity for two months of creation in the cultural space of the city (libraries, museums, etc.).

The funds will be given to 20 authors. Each receives 3,000 euros.

Applications are open until January 27.

You can find more about it at the link

Wed, 15. 12. 2021

The Nodier Prize to Ana Barič Moder for the translation of the novel The Handbook for Exiles (Priročnik za izgnance) by Velibor ČolićAward for the best translation from French into Slovenian

Ana Barič Moder received the award for the translation of the novel The Handbook for Exiles by Velibor Čolić, which was published last year by Založba Goga.


Tue, 30. 11. 2021

Writer in the ParkLjubljana UNESCO City of Literature International Literary Residency

Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies for writers at the Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

May and November 2022 (one month per residency/applicant).

The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application. 
The applicant must have published at least one book of fiction (be it prose, poetry or drama) in their language. There are no restrictions regarding age, race, gender or nationality. 

Each resident will get a sum amount of the grant and travel expenses of €1000 gross in total (details regarding potential wire-transfer charges and other expenses can be found in the contract). Each resident will stay in their own, separate and fully equipped apartment with a kitchenette at Švicarija/Swisshouse, along with other artists-residents, artists, and exhibitions.

More information.

Sat, 20. 11. 2021

THE 37TH SLOVENIAN E-BOOK FAIR STARTS SOONFrom November 22nd to December 5th

Slovenian publishers are inviting people to buy books with friendly prices straight from their homes. Due to the pandemic, the book fair will again take place online.
Some links to online publisher stores can be found here.

Fri, 12. 11. 2021

International competition for the best poetry and short stories!Manchester Writing Competition 2021 has started 

The best poetry and short stories of up to 2,500 words will be awarded with £10,000. The texts should be unpublished. 

The competition is international, for writers aged 16 and over, and the language of submitted works must be English.

The cost of registration is £18, by the end of November the price is lower. 

Deadline for applications: January 28, 2022.
More online!

Wed, 10. 11. 2021

Three new cities in the UNESCO Cities of LiteratureJakarta, Vilnius and Gothenburg 

Ljubljana was awarded the permanent title of UNESCO City of Literature (which unites cities where literature has a special role) in 2015, and today we are pleased to announce that three other cities joined the fast-growing international network of cities of literature.

The number of literature cities committed to promoting the sustainable development of literature and reading culture has increased from 39 to 42, with Jakarta (Indonesia), Vilnius (Lithuania), and Gothenburg (Sweden).

Wed, 13. 10. 2021

THIS COULD BE A FILMat the Slovenian Film Festival

13. 10. / 15.30 / Portorož

Filmmakers are looking for ideas also in literature. With the desire for a more structured connection between the two worlds (film and literature) the office of Ljubljana, UNESCO City of Literature together with the Slovenian Cinematheque in June 2021 announced a competition for the stories that could become a movie. 

A three-member commission - Luka Marčetič, Matjaž Ivanišin and Marina Gumzi - reviewed the applications and selected the works of Ana Svetel, Matjaž Jamnik, Sara Štern, Jedrt Lapuh Maležič and Luna J. Šribar

They were presented on the stage of Slovenian Film Festival by Boštjan Napotnik - Napo!
For the event, we prepared a booklet which contains all five stories, presentations of their authors and the justifications of the commission. We added texts of Marcel Štefančič jr. who writes about writing with film and filming with words, and Urša Chitrakar, who writes about the copyright aspect of the use of literary works in films.