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).



Published: May 17, 2023

Deadline: June 18, 2023

Results: end of July / beginning of August 2023



ULYSSES' SHELTER: BUILDING LITERARY RESIDENCIES NETWORK is the third stage of a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027. The network of literary residencies has now been extended to seven European countries: Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Malta, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Wales in the United Kingdom, and collaborates with many institutions and NGOs in each participating country.

This call concerns emerging authors (prose, poetry, translation) who can apply for one paid residency during 2023/2024. 

The residency programme addresses the international dimension as its priority by giving emerging authors the opportunity to work, perform and present themselves in different European locations. Each residency will be accompanied by a diverse supporting programme consisting of literature-related activities aimed at specific (local) target groups, such as taking part in literary readings, workshops, festivals and/or other literary-related activities. 


  • Ljubljana, Slovenia 

    • when: June 2024 (first or second half), end of August and first half of September 2024 

    • duration: 2 weeks

    • programme for: prose/poetry authors

  • Larissa, Greece 

    • when: August – September 2024 

    • duration: 2-3 weeks

    • programme for: poetry authors

  • Belgrade, Serbia 

    • when: February – March 2024 

    • duration: 4 weeks

    • programme for: prose/poetry authors, translators

  • Valletta, Malta 

    • when: during Spring months in 2024

    • duration: 2 weeks

    • programme for: prose/poetry authors, translators

  • Prague, Czech Republic 

    • when: November 2023

    • duration: 2 weeks

    • programme for: poetry authors

  • Caernarfon, Wales, UK

    • when: April – May 2024

    • duration: 2 weeks

    • programme for: prose/poetry authors, translators



- Applicants must be emerging authors (prose/poetry) or literary translators

- Applicants must have at least one, and not more than three works officially published (online and/or in print)

- Applicants must be citizens of Croatia or have a permanent residency in Croatia

- Applicants must have advanced knowledge of English

- Applicants must be able to travel to the chosen location in the set period

- Applicants must write an entry for the ULYSSES’ SHELTER website Tovar.hr during the residency

- Applicants must be open to collaborating and working with other artists and partners

- Applicants should be interested in fostering a relationship with the local audience

NOTE: To be considered for the residency programme applicants must meet all eligibility criteria. 



- Two (2) paid residencies for 2 candidates

- An introduction session, artist talk or other events/workshops

- Support for the residents

- Promoting residents on the ULYSSES’ SHELTER social media accounts, newsletter, and website Tovar.hr, as well as on all partners’ social media accounts, newsletters, and websites

- Networking possibilities and international visibility

- Covered accommodation and travel expenses (economy class)

700 EUR gross award for residents (including all taxes and living allowance)

- A fantastic opportunity for ambitious emerging authors to benefit from a unique experience which can strengthen their career, and enable them to create new work, do research, as well as experiment and take on a new direction in their writing.



- Application must be sent to ulysses@sandorf.hr by June 18, 2023

- All documents have to be submitted in English

- It is possible to apply for more locations, but the chosen candidate can only be offered 1 placement

Necessary documentation:

  1. CV or Resume (no longer than one page)

  2. Motivational letter that includes an explanation of why the applicant wants to participate in this programme (no longer than 1 page)

  3. Choice of locations (up to 3) that includes an explanation of why the applicant wants to visit those locations and how it relates to their work (no longer than 1 page)

  4. Bibliography (list of published works)

  5. One recommendation letter (Optional)



The results will be announced on the project’s and partners’ websites and social media at the end of July / beginning of August, 2023. The selected applicants will also receive a direct email.

The Selection Committee will suggest two (2) applicants to participate in the paid residency programmes during 2023/2024.

You can find more about the project and partners and their work here: Sandorf, DSP, Thraka, KROKODIL, Inizjamed, MFC and LAF.

For any further questions about the open call, you can contact ulysses@sandorf.hr.



By submitting the Application to this Open Call, you give your consent for the information provided in the Application to be held on computer or other relevant filing systems and to be shared with other accredited organisations or persons in accordance with the GDPR 2018.

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