[oberlist] SI* call/air/lit: CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence (2017)
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Call for Applications for the CEI FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS IN RESIDENCE for
the year 2017 awarded by the CENTRAL EUROPEAN INITIATIVE in co-operation
with the SLOVENE WRITERS ASSOCIATION within the Vilenica International
The CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence is an award aimed at
encouraging cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of
literature for young writers from Central European countries not yet part
of the European Union. The fellowship is endowed with a cash award of EUR
5,000 for a three-month stay in any of the Central European Initiative
Member States, selected by the candidate. The fellowship winner will be
guest of the 32nd Vilenica International Literary Festival which will take
place from 6 to 10 September 2017 at various locations in Slovenia. The
fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference at
the beginning of September, and fellowship will be awarded to him or her
at the festival. The candidate is eligible for the fellowship from 6
September 2017 until 6 September 2018. Within 60 days after completion of
the residency, the candidate must submit a written report.
The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental
forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation
between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other
interested public institutions or private and non-governmental
organisations, as well as international and regional organisations. In
order to offer a solid contribution to European integration the CEI
combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and
recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. The CEI, whose
Headquarters is located in Trieste, is composed of 18 Member States: 10 EU
members (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy,
Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania,
Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia,
Ukraine). In December 2011, the CEI was granted the observer status in the
General Assembly of the United Nations.
The Slovene Writers Association produces and carries out contemporary
public programmes in the field of literature. With a wide array of
programmes and activities, it represents the most active organisation and
the main centre of literary activity in Slovenia. The role of principal
operator of public programmes in literature is also recognized by the
Slovenian Book Agency with their active support and regular financing. The
beginnings of the association can be traced back to 1872, when authors
started to organise, but it took the current name in 1968. It was presided
by distinguished Slovene writers. The Slovene Writers Association
promotes creative freedom, acts as advocate to improve the status of
Slovene literature and writers, and brings together writers from the
entire Slovene cultural space, regardless of the borders. Always critical
and creative, the association has helped make significant changes in the
Slovene social and cultural space and life. It was very active during
Slovenias quest for independence and the formation of the young country.
The association fosters regular relations with international writers and
carries out internationally acclaimed programmes.
The Vilenica International Literary Festival, a gathering of poets, prose
writers, playwrights and essayists, but also translators, publishers,
editors and critics from Central Europe and beyond is organised by the
Slovene Writers Association in collaboration with the Cultural Society
Vilenica from Seana. Since the first Vilenica international festival in
1986, the climax of the event has been the presentation of the Vilenica
International Literary Prize, awarded by the Slovene Writers Association
to a Central European author for outstanding achievements in the field of
literature and essay writing. Vilenica Prize Winners include: Fulvio
Tomizza, Peter Handke, Peter Esterházy, Jan Skácel, Tomas Venclova,
Zbigniew Herbert, Milan Kundera, Libue Moníková, Josip Osti, Adolf
Muschg, Adam Zagajewski, Pavel Vilikovský, Peter Nádas, Erica Pedretti,
Slavko Mihalić, Jaan Kaplinski, Ana Blandiana, Mirko Kovač,
Brigitte Kronauer, Karl-Markus Gauss, Ilma Rakusa, Miodrag Pavlović,
Goran Stefanovski, Andrzej Stasiuk, Claudio Magris, Devad Karahasan,
Mircea Cărtărescu, David Albahari, Olga Tokarczuk, László
Krasznahorkai, Jáchym Topol and Dubravka Ugreić. Vilenica features
numerous literary and cultural events; the theoretical part of the
festival provides many opportunities for in-depth debates, while social
events add to a relaxed atmosphere for socializing and meeting.
Conditions of entry
Applicants eligible for the fellowship are writers from all genres under
35 (born after 1982 from 1 January 1983 onwards) from CEI Member States,
which are not part of the European Union (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine).
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2017. Applications must be
received in a sealed envelope by regular mail. The committee will consider
entries postmarked on or before 30 April 2017.
Slovene Writers Association
(Writer in Residence)
The application must include the following obligatory enclosures:
A filled in registration form (find attached).
A biography of the applicant in English (max. 1800 characters without
Copy of a valid ID or passport with the visible date and place of birth,
and the citizenship of the applicant.
A bibliography of the applicant in English (max. 3600 characters without
A description in English of the project to be undertaken during the
(2000 4500 characters without spaces). The project must be a literary
work (all genres and themes), not a research project.
One original signed letter of recommendation in English (max. 1800
characters without spaces, letters without the original signature will not
Incomplete entries will not be considered.
The application form will be distributed through all major writers
organizations in the candidate states, on the web-page of the CEI, the SWA
and the Vilenica festival,
namely: www.cei.int, www.drustvopisateljev.si and www.vilenica.si
The international committee including members from Slovenia, Italy and
Austria will consider entries postmarked on or before 30 April 2017.
Entries will be evaluated according to the following criterion: 30% (3
points) for the bibliography, 50% (5 points) for the project description
and 20% (2 points) for the letter of recommendation.
All the candidates will be notified of the decision of the committee by 15
The fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference
at the beginning of September, and fellowship will be awarded to him or
her at the festival.
60 days after completion of the residency, the candidate must submit a
written report in English (7200 9000 characters without spaces) by
regular or e-mail to the Slovene Writers Association.
Questions may be sent via e-mail or by fax no later than 14 days before
the deadline to:
Slovene Writers Association
Drutvo slovenskih pisateljev
Ms Nana Vogrin
e-mail: nana.vogrin at vilenica.si
Fax: 00386 1 42 16 430
Tel: 00386 1 25 14 144
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