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Založba Zala
Hlebce 20 c, Si-4248 Lesce
Phone386 (0) 40 208 391
Mateja Sužnik, Editor in Chief
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Zala Publishing is a Slovenian publishing house founded in 2010. It publishes books by renowned authors from the Slovenian and international literary contexts for children, youth and adults, paying particular attention to their artistic and educational value. The mission of Zala Publishing is to spread good literature to young readers as well as adults. It is the recipient of many different awards and recognitions, especially the Golden Pear Awards. Its editor is writer, poet, and translator Mateja Sužnik.


The basic mission of Zala Publishing is to bring good books to children early in their childhood. For this purpose, it publishes quality children's literature, including children's picture books, which have been awarded several times abroad, as well as in Slovenia, especially with the Golden Pear Award, an indicator of really good children's books, also recommended by librarians.

Acclaimed authors published in Slovenian

Zala Publishing has so far published works by many renowned, award-winning authors, including Brage Prize winners (Gaute Heivoll, Håkon Øvreås or Øyvind Torseter (Norway), or British authors that won the Carnegie Medal (Siobhan Dowd, Sally Gardner, and others) or Kate Greenaway Medal (Levi Pinfold and many others).

Zala Publishing, for example, also published a Belgian author Isabelle Wery who received the European Union Prize for Literature for the novel Marylin Deboned. It published works by Dutch authors awarded with the Silver Pen Award, for example, Emiel de Wild, or a Dutch author Tonke Dragt, her novel The Letter for the King, a Golden Slate Pencil winner and a winner of the rarely awarded Griffel der Griffels Award, an award for the best book of the past 50 years.


Zala Publishing is the proud recipient of numerous Golden Pear Award for both picture books and novels. The translator Tina Mahkota, for example, who in 2014 translated the book Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd, received a Golden Pear Award in 2015, and in 2016 also an IBBY's Honour Book Award, an award of the International Board on Books for Young People.

International cooperation

Zala Publishing cooperates with many international associations for children's and youth literature, for example with IBBY – International Board on Books for Young People. At its events, for example at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre Bookstore or the Slovene Book Fair, it hosts internationally celebrated children's writers and illustrators, such as Antje Damm or Roddy Doyle. With all its book activities, it is an example of a publishing company, extremely involved in current international literary events.

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