The CEI Award for Young Writers – promoted by the Central European Initiative (CEI) and the Slovene Writers’ Association (SWA) within the Vilenica International Literary Festival – is now open for applications.

The initiative aims at promoting the young generation of writers and supporting the circulation of their literary works through the translation in the languages of the CEI countries. The Award envisages the translation into Slovene and the translation into another CEI language of the candidate’s choice.

The CEI Award for Young Writers is open to writers under 40 from the CEI Member States and includes cash and in-kind prizes.

  • Cash prize (5,000 EUR) to cover the full translation of the submitted work and of an excerpt into the language of one of the CEI Member States to be selected by the author and the publishing house, considering the specifics of the work. The prize also covers the cost of copyright.
  • Translation of the submitted work into Slovene language and publication by the SWA within the Vilenica CEI Collection in 2024. The prize covers the cost of copyright for the translation into Slovene.
  • Participation of the winner in the Vilenica International Literary Festival 2023, organised by the SWA.
  • Cooperation and support of the CEI and the SWA to identify a publishing house for a possible publication of the translated work.

The deadline for application is 15 May 2023. You can read the full call regulation here.