Slovene writers' association
Central European Initiative Writers in Residence Fellowship for the year 2015 awarded by the CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE in co-operation with the SLOVENE WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION within the Vilenica International Literary Festival. The CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence is an award aimed at encouraging cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers from Central European countries not yet part of the European Union.
The Slovene Writers’ Association produces and carries out contemporary public programmes in the field of literature. With a wide array of programmes and activities, it represents the most active organisation and the main centre of literary activity in Slovenia. The role of principal operator of public programmes in literature is also recognized by the Slovenian Book Agency with their active support and regular financing. The beginnings of the association can be traced back to 1872, when authors started to organise, but it took the current name in 1968. It was presided by distinguished Slovene writers. The Slovene Writers’ Association promotes creative freedom, acts as advocate to improve the status of Slovene literature and writers, and brings together writers from the entire Slovene cultural space, regardless of the borders. Always critical and creative, the association has helped make significant changes in the Slovene social and cultural space and life. It was very active during Slovenia’s quest for independence and the formation of the young country. The association fosters regular relations with international writers and carries out internationally acclaimed programmes.
The fellowship winner will be guest of the 30th Vilenica International Literary Festival which will take place from 2 to 6 September 2015 at various locations in Slovenia (3 months). The fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference at the end of August, and fellowship will be awarded to him or her at the opening ceremony of the festival. Within 60 days after completion of the residency, the candidate must submit a written report.
The apartment of the Slovene writers' association (DSP) is located in the centre of the capital Ljubljana, not far away from the picturesque old town. It is one of the writers' residences long carried on by the writerss' association.
It is located ten minutes’ walk from the very centre of the city where you can find the Slovenian parliament, the opera, the theatre, Cankarjev Cathedral, several museums and galleries, and also the DSP building.