Slovene Writers' Association Residency Programme



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Rezidenčni program Društva slovenskih pisateljev
Praprotnikova 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Agata Šimenc, Residency Programme Coordinator
Tomšičeva 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana

The Slovene Writers’ Association first set up a residency programme in 2015 in the Ljubljana neighbourhood of Šiška. Later on, the association moved the programme to the Dane Zajc Writers' Studio on Praprotnikova ulica in the neighbourhood of Prule. Each year, the residency programme hosts up to 12 authors from abroad to work 4 weeks in the studio apartment. Eligible residents are writers or translators (into Slovenian) with at least 2 published works. The selected residents have their living expenses covered.

The Dane Zajc Writers' Studio

The apartment on Praprotnikova ulica (a 10-minute walk from the city centre) measures around 50 square metres, and comprises 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and an enclosed glass balcony. The studio got its name from and holds some traces of the former tenant, the poet Dane Zajc, who lived and worked here for some years at the end of his life.

Dane Zajc (1929–2015) is considered to be one of Slovenia's most significant poets of the 20th century and one of Slovenia's central playwright figures. He made his debut in 1958 with a collection of neo-expressionist poetry Požgana trava (Burnt Grass). He published 9 more volumes of poetry, and also made his name as a writer of lyrical drama.


The open call for the applications is usually published in early autumn. Applications must be submitted in Slovenian, English or Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian language. The applicants should submit a CV and a short project proposal mentioning the preferred month of the residence.

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