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).


The Croatian version of the call can be found here.


Published: March 6, 2024

Deadline: April 7, 2024

Results: May 6, 2024



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 been extended to seven European countries: Czechia, 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 is for emerging authors (prose, poetry, translation) who can apply for one paid residency during 2024/2025.

The residency programme’s priority is the international dimension, giving emerging authors the opportunity to work, perform and present themselves in different European locations. Each residency is 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.



  • Larissa, Greece
    • when: August - September 2024
    • duration: 2-3 weeks
    • programme for: poetry authors
  • Belgrade, Serbia
    • when: between January - March 2025
    • duration: up to 4 weeks
    • programme for: prose/poetry authors, translators
  • Valletta, Malta
    • when: during the second half of August 2024
    • duration: 2 weeks
    • programme for: prose/poetry authors, translators
  • Prague, Czech Republic
    • when: November 2024
    • duration: 2 weeks
    • programme for: poetry authors
  • Caernarfon, Wales, UK
    • when: between April 1 - May 15 2025
    • 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 no 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 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)

- Award of 700 EUR gross (including all taxes and living allowance) for the residents

- A fantastic opportunity for ambitious emerging authors to benefit from a unique experience which can strengthen their career, 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 April 7, 2024

- All documents must 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 1 page)
  2. Motivational letter that includes an explanation of why the applicant wants to participate in the programme (no longer than 1 page)
  3. Choice of locations (up to 3) that includes a short explanation of why the applicant wants to visit specific locations and how it relates to their work (no longer than 1 page)
  4. Bibliography (list of published works)
  5. OPTIONAL: Sample of work (2-3 poems, 3 pages of published text)



The results will be announced on the project’s and partners’ websites and social media on May 6, 2024. 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 2024/2025.


You can find more about the project and the partners and their work here: Sandorf, Thraka, KROKODIL, Inizjamed, Culture Reset  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 a computer or other relevant filing systems and to be shared with other accredited organizations or persons in accordance with the GDPR 2018.

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