Ulysses' Shelter: building writers-in-residence network

organizes literary residences for young writers, translators and editors. The project will begin at the end of 2018 at three locations - in Ljubljana, Larissa and in Pomena on the island of Mljet, organized by Sandorf publishing house from Zagreb, in partnership with Slovenian Writers' Society (DSP) from Ljubljana and publishing house Thraka from Larissa. Each resident will spend three weeks on each location from December 2018 to October 2019, and the idea of the project is to gradually extend the network of partners to other European countries in the future and to bring together artists from around the world and expose the creative potential of various European locations. Tovar.hr is the main means of informing about the Ulysses' Shelter project - about the residents, their work, and events within the project (readings, workshops, conferences and social events with residents).

Announcing the names of Ulysses’ Shelter selected candidates for 2021/2022 - Slovenia

As part of the open call to participate in the 2021/2022 residency programme, which is part of the Ulysses’ Shelter 2 project, a three-person panel (consisting of Veronika Dintinjana, Denis Škofič and Andrej Hočevar) has chosen three candidates who will be participating in the residency programme during 2021/2022.

SWA received 10 applications and three from Slovenia have been selected to participate in this project:


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Tomo Podstenšek (1981) mainly writes prose fiction. He has published short stories in Slovene and foreign literary magazines, and several of his texts have received awards in various competitions.

He is the author of six novels and two collections of short stories.

The novels Sodba v imenu ljudstva (The verdict on behalf of the people) (Droplja, 2012) and Papir, kamen, škarje (Paper, rock, scissors) (Litera, 2016) were nominated for the Kresnik Award for the best Slovenian novel, while the collection of stories Ribji krik (Fish scream) (LUD Literatura, 2017) was nominated for the Novo Mesto Award for the year’s best book of short stories.

In addition to writing, he occasionally works in theatre, radio, and other related projects as well as an organizer of literary events.

Link to the author’s website: https://tomopodstensek.com

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After completing the Second High School in Maribor and the Conservatory of Music, Ana Svetel graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, where she is currently completing her doctorate. Her poetry collection Lepo in prav (Fine and Good) was nominated for the best debut of the year, and her book of short fiction Dobra družba (Good Company) was nominated for the Novo Mesto Award. Both works received a second edition. Radiotelevizija Slovenija recorded a selection of stories from Good Company as a series of radio plays. She publishes poems and short stories in the leading Slovenian literary magazines (Literatura, Dialogi, and Sodobnost) and writes columns and essays for various media. Her works have been translated into English, Portuguese, Croatian and Bosnian and have repeatedly appeared in anthologies. She is included in the international poetry platform Versopolis. She is also actively involved in music and storytelling.

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Uroš Prah (Maribor, 1988) is the author of three poetry collections in Slovene: Čezse polzeči (Ljubljana: CSK, 2012), Tišima (Ljubljana: CSK, 2015 – nominated for the Veronika and Jenko Awards) and Udor (Ljubljana: ŠKUC, 2019). In 2018, he received the Exil Lyrikpreis Award in Vienna for his investigative poem “Nostra Silva,” which was written in German. In February 2019 he was a resident of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture in New York, in September 2019 he was a resident of Traduki and the Romanian National Museum of Literature in Bucharest, and in June 2020 he was the IHAG resident in Graz. Translations of his collections, poems and essays have been published in 17 countries. He was the co-founder and long-time editor-in-chief of IDIOT magazine, the program director of the international festival Literodrom, and the co-founder of the Museum of Madness, Trate. He is currently living in Vienna.

Link to the author’s website: www.urosprah.com


The candidates chosen by the partner organisations are:

Sandorf, Mljet: Marija Andrijašević, Katja Grcić, Josip Ivanović

Thraka, Larissa: Iakovos Anyfantakis, Filia Kanellopoulou, Nikolas Koutsodontis

Krokodil, Beograd: Goran Stamenić, Katarina Mitrović, Vitomirka Trebovac

Literature Across Frontiers, Wales: Dylan Moore, Morgan Owen



Sandorf - publishing house founded in 2008, engaged in Croatian literature and literature in translation, and in a wide range of books in humanities.


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