Slovene Writers' Association

The Slovene Writers' Association (Slovene: Društvo slovenskih pisateljev) is a non-profit association of Slovene writers based in Ljubljana.

The Association was founded on 21 April 1872 in Ljubljana at the initiative of Davorin Trstenjak who also became its first president. It operated under various names over the years and re-adopted its original name Društvo slovenskih pisateljev in 1968. It provides a platform for writers, poets, playwrights and essayists who participate to promote common cultural and social inetersts.[1]

The Association has also made considerable efforts in promoting Slovene literature abroad. Its international activities include maintaining contacts with cultural institutions and writers' societies all around the world and collaborating with literary journals and magazines.[2] Its own publication Litterae slovenicae (called Le Livre Slovène before 1991) publishes excerpts, poems and short stories by Slovene writers in translation, making Slovene literature available to a world audience.

It annually bestows the Vilenica Prize to a Central European author for his or her achievements in the field of literature and essay writing at the festival which takes place in the Vilenica Cave in the Slovenian Littoral.[3] Since 1986 it has also annually awarded the Jenko Award for the best poetry collection in Slovene published in the previous two years.



  1. "History of the Slovene Writers' Association". Slovene writers' portal (in Slovenian). DSP Slovene Writers' Association. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. Slovenia Culture Profile, a site was created in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and the British Council Slovenia
  3. Vilenica Festival official site
  4. Perušek on the Slovene Biographical Lexicon site
  5. Slovene School Museum site
  6. Delo 10 Dec 2014 Novi predsednik društva pisateljev je Ivo Svetina Ivo Svetina is the New President of the Writers' Association
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