Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature Open Call for TWO Literary Residencies

7 December 2022 - News
Writer in the Park
Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature offers two one-month International Literary Residencies for writers at the Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts..

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was a World Book Capital in 2010 and in 2015 it was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2015, joining the growing world-wide network of cities.

Ljubljana bursts with a vibrant art scene and offers an array of diverse literary events from alternative performances to big international festivals. The highly regarded residency, established in 2018, offers peace and quiet for uninterrupted writing, yet it also offers the possibility to actively engage in the city’s literary life.

Note: Part of the application is a mandatory letter of recommendation, signed by an organisation from your chosen City of Literature. A Google account is required for the file upload to work.

Deadline for submissions: January 7, 2023.
Apply here: https://forms.gle/DHhLMDmaAx65Y1KN9

These residencies are each one month long as follows (dates cannot be changed, but a shorter stay is possible if necessary as a result of travel arrangements):
June 1–30, 2023
October 17 – November 17, 2023

Overview of the Specifics

The residencies are aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application. This means the applicant was or has been living in one of the other cities of literature or is related to a city of literature through work. For reference, consult the list of eligible cities.

The applicant must have published at least one book of fiction (be it prose, poetry or drama) in their language. There are no restrictions regarding age, race, gender, nationality or other personal/aesthetic preferences.

Each resident will get a sum amount of the grant and travel expenses of €1000 gross in total (details regarding potential wire-transfer charges and other expenses can be found in the contract that can be sent to the applicant upon request). Each resident will stay in their own, separate and fully equipped apartment with a kitchenette at Švicarija, along with other artists-residents, artists, and exhibitions hosted at the premises.

Through targeted activities and networking possibilities, suited to each resident’s profile, the organisers will help them get to know the vibrant art and literary scene in Ljubljana. If requested, opportunities for public presentation of the residents’ work will be made possible, as well as meetings with translators, editors, other writers etc. if necessary and/or applicable.

What They expect

The resident is encouraged to show an interest, and partake, in local literary events and other related activities – which will be coordinated according to other local events as well as the needs and interests of the given resident. However, if the resident so wishes, they may request not to be distracted in order to use the time and space for writing.


Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre is a cultural, educational and social hub located in the heart of Ljubljana’s central park – situated just a few steps from the city centre – which offers public programmes, studio facilities for local artists, and residencies for international artists and experts. Švicarija is part of MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, a specialised museum, producer of printed and contemporary art, and provider of artist residencies.

Please read Ljubljana’s article about the residencies carefully for more information.

Apply here: https://forms.gle/DHhLMDmaAx65Y1KN9