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).


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



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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