Slovene Writers’ Association


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Društvo slovenskih pisateljev
Tomšičeva 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 251 4144, 386 (0) 1 425 2340
Fax386 (0) 1 421 6435
Aksinja Kermauner, President
Nina Kokelj, Literary events manager
Agata Šimenc, International cooperation
Online accounts:
  • 16 September to 22 September 2018
    The Slovene Writers’ Association, represented by writers Mojca Kumerdej and Nina Kokelj, supported by Slovenian Book Agency, at the China - Central and East European Literature Forum in Ningbo, China
Past Events
  • 6 November 2017
    Days of Slovenian Literature with Stanka Hrastelj, Jurij Hudolin and Ivo Svetina Slovene Writers’ Association, initiated by National and University Library and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Skopje, at National and University Library St. Kliment of Ohrid in Skopje, Macedonia
  • 31 October 2017
    an hohen feiertagen und im stau, a poetry reading and performance by poets Lucija Stupica and Tone Škrjanec, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association and Slovenian Book Agency, at Lettrétage in Berlin, Germany
  • 24 August to 28 August 2016
    A presentation of Slovenian literature at the national stand, a lecture by Ifigenija Zagoričnik Simonović (Slovene Writers’ Association) and 100 Slavic Novels, a project by the Forum of Slavic Cultures International Foundation, at the Beijing International Book Fair, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Beijing, at China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China
  • 5 November 2014
    Literary One on One - Dalkey Archive writers with English critics also featuring Marko Sosič, co-organised and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia London and the Slovene Writers’ Association, at European Bookshop in London, United Kingdom
  • 12 December 2013
    An evening of Slovene culture, bringing together music (Klemen Pisk), literature (Ivan Dobnik), and visual arts (Katarina Vladimirov Young), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Prague, Slovene Writers’ Association, and Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language, at Místogalerie Skleněná louka in Brno, Czech Republic
  • 15 November to 17 November 2013
    Barbara Pogačnik participates at the international meeting of writers Karamanovi poetski susreti, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Radoviš, Macedonia
  • 23 October to 25 October 2013
    Iztok Osojnik and Dejan Koban participating in a round table discussion, literary evening and other events in the framework of Košice - the European Capital of Culture, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Košice, Slovakia
  • 15 October 2013
    An evening with Slovene writers Miriam Drev, Mirana Likar Bajželj, and Tomislav Vrečar, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, at Bogdan Ogrizović Library in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 13 October to 18 October 2013
    Tomaz Šalamun and Marko Sosič participating in a number of literary evenings, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Ivry-sur-Seine, Montreuil, Paris, Tinqueux, France
  • 23 September to 29 September 2013
    Veno Taufer at the Athens World Poetry Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Athens and Slovene Writers’ Association, in Athens, Greece
  • 19 September to 22 September 2013
    Maja Vidmar participates in the Belgrade international meeting of writers, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 4 September to 9 September 2013
    Authors Drago Jančar and Mojca Kumerdej presenting their work at the Moscow International Book Fair, organised by the Slovenian Book Agency, joined by Slavko Pregl, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Moscow, Russia
  • 21 August to 24 August 2013
    Esad Babačič, Milan Dekleva, and Veronika Dintinjana participating at the Struga poetry evenings, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Struga, Macedonia
  • 7 August to 12 August 2013
    Readings by Ivo Svetina, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, at the Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival in Qinghai, China
  • 2 August to 4 August 2013
    Slavko Pregl participates at the festival Kalimera Poetike, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Ulcinj, Montenegro
  • 20 July to 25 July 2013
    Ivo Frbežar and Cvetka Bevc participate at the festival Slavjanska pregratka, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Balčik, Dobrič, Varna, Bulgaria
  • 19 July to 28 July 2013
    Tomaž Šalamun participates at the poetry Festival VOIX VIVES de Méditerranée en Méditerranée, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Sète, France
  • 6 July to 15 July 2013
    Lidija Dimkovska participating at the 23rd International Poetry Festival of Medellin, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Medellin, Colombia
  • 25 May to 26 May 2013
    Alja Adam participates at the World Villages Festival, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, in Helsinki, Finland
  • 30 April 2013
    Nataša Kramberger, Stanislava Repar, Diana Pungeršič, and Boštjan Dvořák participating at the Slovakian-Slovenian evening, supported by the Slovene Writers’ Association, at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Germany
  • 29 November 2012
    A literary gathering with Slovene authors Feri Lainšček, Ana Pepelnik, Maja Vidmar, and Vlado Žabot, co-organised by the Slovene Writers’ Association at Croatian Writers' Association in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 4 July 2012
    A presentation by the Cultural Contact Point Slovenia (Mateja Lazar) and Slovene Writers’ Association (Gašper Troha) at the National Infoday 2012 organised by the Cultural Contact Point Italy in Aquileia/Oglej, Italy
  • 28 May to 19 June 2011
    Poetry readings by Slovene poets in collaboration with Slovene Writers’ Association and Trubar Literature House at Antenne de la Poésie Slovène, Maison de la Poésie de Tinqueux – Centre Culturel in Tinqueux, France

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The Slovene Writers’ Association is the professional organisation of Slovene writers. Its aim is to provide a network for authors in the Slovene cultural space, represent their interests, encourage creative freedom and promote Slovene literature. Since 1986 the Slovene Writers' Association organises a significant Central European event, Vilenica International Literary Festival in the karst caves of Vilenica, with more than 100 guests every year.


The Association was originally founded on 21 April 1872 in Ljubljana with the aim of supporting writers and their families. It was dissolved in 1915 by the Austrian authorities, but re-established in 1920. From World War II until 1989 the Association was a member of the Writers' Association of Yugoslavia. In the early 1980s the Slovene Writers' Association became more involved in social questions, particularly issues concerning nationality, creative freedom and political pluralism (during this period a commission for the protection of writing and thinking functioned within the framework of the Association, and – with help from external experts – participated in measures to change the Constitution). The Association also played an important role in Slovenia gaining independence.

In recent years the Association has been above all a literary organisation, devoting a great deal of energy to promoting Slovene literature abroad. Its international activities are focused on maintaining contacts with writers’ societies and cultural institutions around the world (it has signed international cooperation protocols with many countries), and on collaborating with other literary magazines. The focus of these efforts is the international writers’ event Vilenica International Literary Festival, which is attended by more than 100 renowned writers from all over the world each year.

Support services

The Slovene Writers’ Association has maintained productive contacts with translators and promoters of Slovene literature abroad. Occasionally the Association sends out newly-published Slovene books and dictionaries, enabling established as well as future translators who are learning the Slovene language (up to five) to participate in the Seminar of the Slovene Language, Literature and Culture, which is held each July at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. There are also grants available for translators who wish to perfect their skills in Ljubljana (the Association provides financial aid and the possibility of lodging, also through the HALMA network). This form of cooperation with translators has developed into a unique series of writers’ and translators’ workshops, which make possible a constant creative exchange.

The Association's international activities also include the participation of Slovene writers in annual and biennial international events and festivals abroad. When its members are personally invited to take part in events, readings, festivals and meetings abroad, the Association covers part of their travel expenses (50 to 75 %).

The Slovene Writers' Association has also collaborated with Slovene PEN Centre and the Centre for Slovene Literature to set up the Trubar Foundation.

Award programme

Each year at the Vilenica International Literary Festival the Association bestows the Vilenica International Literary Awards, which comprises the Vilenica Grand Prix, the Young Vilenica International Literary Award and various other minor awards. It also bestows the annual Jenko Award for poetry, Stritar Award for literary criticism, and Desetnica Award for children and youth literature. In cooperation with the Sodobnost International Cultural Society the annual competition for the Best Short Story Award is run at the Slovene Book Days festival.


Twice each year the Association issues the special foreign-language publication Litterae slovenicae, which contains excerpts from works by Slovene authors. In 2002 the Association also issued the publication Key: Slovenia, Contemporary Slovene Literature in Translation for the Slovene presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair, along with some special publications on particular authors.

The Association's online database

Slovene Writers’ Association's website features basic information on its members (CV, bibliography, genres) [Pisatelji] and presentations of selected books [Knjige] in Slovenian language.

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