Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature > Writer in the Park International Literary Residency (Slovenia)

Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, is offering two one-month residencies for writers at the Švicarija / Swisshouse Creative Centre located in the heart of Ljubljana’s central park where it is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts. One residency will take place May 2020 and the other November 2020.

The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a ‘palpable, factual relation’ with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature (this needs to be described in the application). This means the applicant was or has been living in one of the other 39 cities of literature or is related to a city of literature through work. 

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. Though writers of all genres are currently welcome to apply, a specific focus might be chosen for calls in the following years.

The organisers offer:

  • A €1000 grant (including travel expenses).

  • A separate and fully equipped apartment with a kitchenette at Švicarija/Swisshouse, along with other artists-residents, artists, and exhibitions.

  • Cover for local public transportation costs.

  • Through targeted activities and networking possibilities, suited to each resident’s profile, the organisers will help them get to know the vibrant art and literary scene in Ljubljana.

Opportunities for public presentation of the residents’ work will also be made possible, as well as meetings with translators, if necessary and/or applicable.

Though residents are not required to undertake, and apply with, a specific project for the duration of their stay, they are nonetheless expected to create a short literary piece (a story, an essay, a series of poems), in one way or another pertaining to the Švicarija/Swisshouse’s central concept of ‘community, art and nature’, and Ljubljana, a UNESCO city of literature, that they will be willing, and able, to present to the public (e.g. at a reading). This piece will be translated and published, but the organisers do not reserve any rights.

Deadline: 29 February 2020

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