Velenje Literary Foundation


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Ustanova Velenjska knjižna fundacija (UVKF)
Stari trg 26, SI-3320 Velenje
Phone386 (0) 41 623740
Managed byMunicipality of Velenje
Kabinet UVKF
Stari trg 26, SI-3323 Velenje
Phone386 (0) 3 587 0920
Fax386 (0) 590 19560
Ivo Stropnik, Secretary and Editor in Chief
Phone386 (0) 41 623740

Velenje Literary Foundation (UVKF) was established in 2001 by the Municipality of Velenje on the initiative of the poet Ivo Stropnik to support book publishing, reading and literary culture in Velenje and elsewhere in Slovenia. In addition to publishing and promoting literary and artistic works, humanities and social sciences literature and research, the foundation's priorities include organising literary festivals and meetings. The activities are funded by the Municipality of Velenje with some support also coming from the Ministry of Culture and the Slovenian Book Agency as well as from donations from sponsors and sales of books.


The central event held under the auspices of the Velenje Literary Foundation is the international festival Lirikonfest, part of which is also the Herberstein Literary Meeting of Slovene Writers. The meeting features various symposia and involves the participation of more than 100 guests, theoreticians, translators, and artists from Slovenia and abroad. The foundation organises readings of Slovene and translated poetry called Lirikon(fest) Tastings [Lirikon(fest)ove degustacije], which tour Slovenia and foreign festivals.


In cooperation with the literary association Velenika, Velenje Literary Foundation presents the international Pretnar Award to ambassadors of Slovene literature and language abroad and the Cup of Immortality (Čaša nesmrtnosti), an award for outstanding oeuvres of poetry or poetic drama for youth by Slovene authors that have left a mark on 21st-century literature. They also award prize for the best travel novel of the past year called Turtle with wings (Krilata želva).

International literary residencies

Velenje Literary Foundation arranges international literary residencies for Slovene and foreign authors, translators and international mediators of contemporary literature and art with a view to supporting their creative work and promoting international cooperation in the Slovene literary space. During their creative stay, guests introduce themselves to the public through presentations and interviews.


The foundation publishes three book collections: "Belodvorski", featuring literature for adults; "A Chocolate with a Book" (Čokolada s knjigo), aimed at children and young people; and "Home and Thought" (Dom in misel), consisting of monograph publications about Slovenia. In both its international magazine Rp. Lirikon21 for 21st-century poetry and Lirikonfest the Velenje Literary Foundation welcomes Slovene and foreign contributions in poetry and translations.

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