Two candidates from Croatia have been selected to take part in the 2022/2023 Ulysses' Shelter 3 residency programme.
photo by Marina Pivalica
Marina Gudelj (Split, 1988) graduated Croatian language and literature at the University of Zadar. Her short stories were published on numerous portals and literary magazines: Zarez, Kritična masa, Strane, Alternator, Astronaut, etc. Her short story Lee won the first prize on Kritična masa and the other story, Vještica (The Witch) won Prvi Prozak Na vrh jezika – a literary contest for young authors. In 2020, her collection of short stories Fantomska bol (Phantom Pain) was published as a product of the Prozak award. The same year, the collection was longlisted for the Fric award. Her first novel, Nedovršena (Unfinished), was published in 2021. The novel was longlisted for the T-portal award. Marina lives and works in Split.
Sven Popović was born on September 19, 1989, in Zagreb, now located in Croatia, but back then in Yugoslavia. His short stories were published in the anthology of young Croatian writers („Bez vrata, bez kucanja”, Sandorf, 2012), in a collection of short stories „Record Stories” (Aquarius Records, 2011) and various magazines and webzines like Quorum, Zarez and Arteist. He contributed as a freelance journalist to a number of magazines such as Zarez, Aktual and the Austrian leftist magazine Wespennest, as well as writing literary and album reviews for various webzines. His collection of short stories, “Last Night” (Meandarmedia) came out in 2015 and received excellent reviews. Several of his stories were included in “Best European Fiction 2017” (Dalkey Archive Press). His second book, “Uvjerljivo drugi”, was published in 2018 and also received excellent reviews. “Last Night” is to be published by Deep Vellum in 2023. His prose has been translated into English, German, Romanian, Catalan and Polish.
The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are:
Culture Reset, Prague: Jan Škrob, Marek Torčík
Inizjamed, Valetta: Jake Buttigieg, Matthew Schembri
Krokodil, Belgrade: Ivana Maksić, Ognjen Aksentijević
Literature Across Frontiers, Caernarforn: Esyllt Angharad Lewis, Ruqaya Izzidien
Slovene Writers' Association, Ljubljana: Tibor Hrs Pandur, Ajda Bračič, Sergej Harlamov
Thraka, Larissa: Tonia Tzirita Zacharatou, Marios Chatziprokopiou