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Literary Festival and Short Story Competition

  • Location: Island of Losinj
  • Period : 01.10.2015.-01.05.2016.
  • When: Summer 2015
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Competition Regulations

Any citizen of Lošinj or a visitor is eligible for entry into the competition for a short story. Stories need to be up to 1800 characters long, including spaces, written in Croatian, English, German, Italian or Slovenian. Any story theme is allowed, however it is expected that the stories to refer to the island of Losinj, to memories of the island, its beauty, its fragrances and landscapes, through personal experience or upon reflection.

The main thrust of this literary contest is to actively engage island visitors and motivate local authors to have a go at creative writing. This is the only literary competition of this kind in Croatia.

After the competition deadline, all submitted stories will be published and three stories chosen by a jury will be awarded prizes.

Literary festival and evening story readings will be held at attractive Lošinj locations, assisted by musicians, actors and other performers. The aim is to launch a new cultural initiative for the island, to promote its cultural context and to add to its current cultural portfolio through an open, flexible literature festival, as a place where the island hosts and visitors will meet. Competition jury comprises eminent, established Croatian writers who will also contribute to the festival by reading their stories and giving talks to the festival audiences. The idea is to engage and encourage local literary talent into creative writing, irrespective of age.

Jury for the short story competition

Marko Pogačar was born in 1984 in Split. He published four books of poetry, three books of essays and a book of short stories. He is the editor of the literary magazine Quorum and the bi-weekly for cultural and social events "Virgola", and board member of the lyric festival "Goranovo proljeće". He was a scholar of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Passa Porta, Milo Dor, the Brandenburg Gate, Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz,Récollets-Paris, and others. He was awarded for his poetry, fiction and essays and his articles have been translated into thirty languages.

Roman Simic Bodrožić - an award-winning author of three collections of short stories, a long term editor at the big publishers, founder and leader of the European Festival of short stories and literary evening program entitled ‘Warming to the 28’, which principally promotes young artists. Co-author of the newly initiated festival of world literature and editor of the Relations magazine.

Ivica Prtenjača - author of several books on poetry, novels and story books, an award-winning author whose poems have been translated into fifteen languages. Participated in several European literary festivals. Chairman of the board for poetry events at the ‘Goran spring’ festival, permanent editor, promoter and spokesperson for the publishers, currently freelance writer and columnist for Vecernji list and the author and presenter of radio programs ‘My Choice’.

All submitted stories will be translated into Croatian and published.


  • First place - laptop
  • 2nd spot - tablet
  • 3rd place - smartphone

The awards ceremony will take place in Veli Losinj

Organization: Agency VAL

Artistic Director : Ivica Prtenjača