Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies (in June and October-November 2023) for writers at the Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.
The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature. This means the applicant was or has been living in one of the other 41 cities of literature or is related to a city of literature through work. The full list of the cities of literature can be found here. 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 lump sum of €1000 gross (details regarding potential wire-transfer charges and other expenses can be found in the contract) for grant and travel expenses. 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.
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 be made possible, as well as meetings with translators, if necessary and/or applicable. During the resident’s stay, some group activities, such as meetings with the organiser, publishers etc., may be scheduled.