Yordan Slaveykov was born in 1976 in Vratsa, Bulgaria. He graduated as a Theatre director at NATFA – National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2001.
He is a theatre director, a teacher, a playwright, a writer, a screenwriter.
“The Last step” is his first novel, published by Janet45 publishing house in 2015. The novel won two national literature awards in 2016 – 45th edition of the competition “South spring”, and the award “Pencho’s oak”.
Peter Dentchev is a Bulgarian writer, theatre director and publicist. He graduated from Drama Theater at the “Krastio Sarafov” National Theater Academy in 2010, and afterwards he graduated from the Master’s program in Theater Arts in 2012. He has nominations and awards from various competitions for poetry, prose and drama (New Bulgarian Drama, Contest “Ecstasy”, “Light Stretch” Award). He has twice received the second prize at the National Youth Poetry Competition “Veselin Hanchev”. With his novel “Like a Man kissing a woman he loves,” he won the competition for a new Bulgarian novel “Development” in 2007. Later, he published the collection of stories “Stories from The Past” (2010, Janet 45) the novel “The Quiet Sun” (2012, Janet 45). There are periodical publications, translations of stories in Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Germany and the United States. He has staged performances on the stages of most of the big theatres in Bulgaria (“Ivan Vazov” Sofia National Theater, Satirical Theatre, Youth Theatre, theatres in Pazardjik, Rousse, Varna, Stara Zagora, Yambol etc. At the theatre he staged authors such as Edward Albee, Jordi Galceran, Shakespeare, Moliere, and have performed at various festivals in Serbia, Romania, Montenegro and Kosovo, have been nominated for various national awards, and have twice been a guest at the short story festival “Kikidnda Short” Kikinda, Serbia. His interests are focused on the political history and how it affects the arts & society structures. He has very deep interest in the Balkan’s literary stage.
Jasna Šamić was born in Sarajevo, where she graduated from elementary school and high school – Sarajevo High school -lyceum- and Conservatory – School of music, and from theUniversity of Sarajevo, where she studied oriental languages and literatures,Turkish, Arabic and Persian; also University of Sarajevo: Third Cycle or Post-graduated Thesis in General Linguistics and Turkology, PHD degree at The Faculty of Philosophy of Sarajevo in 1977; at the University of Paris -Sorbonne Nouvelle, she did the Thesis of National Doctorate (Doctorat d’ Etatès Lettres) in 1984, on Sufism and History. Professor of Oriental Literatures at the University of Sarajevo, (expelled from the Faculty in 1992 without reason), Director of Research associated to the CNRS (French National Centre of Research) in 1992, Professor of Languages, Literatures, History and Civilisation of the Balkans at the University Marc Bloch of Strasbourg, collaborated with French radio programs: Radio France Internationale, and France Culture. Member of The Asian Society (Société asiatique), Paris, from 1984, Member of the Union of Writers of Bosnia, from 1974, Member of the international PEN Club, France from 2017 and Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2006, Member of the Union of Writers of France, from 1996. She collaborated at revues in former Yugoslavia and Europe and participated at International Conferences in a number of cities in the world. She gave Lectures at many Universities of former Yugoslavia and Europe. Director of a literary review Književna sehara (www.balkan-sehara.com)
Author of many books (poetry, novels, essays…), published in French and in Bosnian, she wrote also a philosophy essai about Sufism, published by Plima, Cetinje, 2010, and Buybook, Sarajevo, 2014.
Jasna Šamić is a winner of the Stendhal French Literary Prize (Lauréate du programme Missions Stendhal) in 2008, of the Gauchez-Pillippot 2014, Fundations of Bosnian Publishers.
Since 1977, Jasna Šamić has been living between Sarajevo and Paris.
Jerko Bakotin, born in 1984, Split, Croatia. Graduated in Sociology and Comparative Literature at Zagreb University. Between 2008 and 2011 worked as a full-time journalist in the Zagreb office of political daily Novi list. Since 2011 freelance journalist, writing mostly for the political weekly of Croatia’s Serb minority Novosti, the Internet portals kulturpunkt and Lupiga, as well as other media. Published literary critiques, essays, reviews and travelogues in culture magazines such as Zarez and Quorum, as well as for Croatian Radio. Also wrote for the German media, such are Neues Deutschland and Deutsche Welle. Made a number of radio-documentaries about various countries.
At the moment completing extensive television project on Kurdish history and Middle East, of which he is co-author. The series will be aired on Croatian Public Broadcaster (HRT) in 2018. Also working on the literary travelogue book on Kurdistan, as well as completing specialized M.A. degree in sociology of conflict at the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a poet, novelist, and translator of Romanian and Slovenian literature in Macedonian. She writes in Macedonian. She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and temporary is the president of the jury for Vilenica International Literary Award. She has published six books of poetry, three novels, and a diary, and edited three anthologies. Her poetry and her novels have been translated in more than twenty languages. She received several Macedonian literary prizes, the German poetry prize »Hubert Burda«, the Romanian poetry prizes “Poesis” and “Tudor Arghezi”, the European Prize for Poetry Petru Krdu in Serbia and for her novel “A Spare Life” she received the European Union Prize for Literature. Her last novel “Non-Oui” was short-listed for the international literary award “Balkanika”.
Emina Žuna was born in Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1981.
She has published short stories and essays in electronic and printed magazines in BH and the neighbouring countries. A few of her short stories and drama pieces have been adapted and broadcast on national radio. She has co-authored several books and contributed to edited volumes.
Her first novel titled Linija života (Lifeline), supported by the Publishing Foundation of FBiH, was published in 2016. In 2017, the novel was listed for two regional literary prizes: “Mirko Kovač” and “Meša Selimović”. Her short stories have won prizes and recognition: Bejahad 2008, Radio Federacije 2002, Avlija 2013… Her second novel titled Čovjek iz budućnosti (The Man from the Future) is in the final stages of the publishing process.
She holds undergraduate degrees in psychology (2005) and comparative literature and librarianship (2006) from the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, and has earned a master’s in European culture and literature at Strasbourg, Bologna and Thessaloniki (2011).
She is a member of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian PEN centre.
She works as a psychologist and freelance columnist and journalist. She regularly publishes journalistic and opinion pieces on several web portals in the country.
Ognjen Spahić (born 1977 in Podgorica, Montenegro), is a Montenegrin novelist. Spahić has published two collections of short stories: Sve to (All That, 2001) and Zimska potraga (Winter Search, 2007). His novel Hansenova djeca (Hansen’s Children, 2004) won him the 2005 Meša Selimović Prize for the best new novel from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. To date, Hansenova djeca has been published in French, Italian, Slovenian, Romanian, Hungarian, Macedonian and English.
His short story “Raymond is No Longer with Us—Carver is Dead” was included in the anthology Best European Fiction 2011 published by Dalkey Archive Press in the USA. In 2007, he was a writing resident at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.
He is the Montenegrin winner of European Union Prize for Literature of 2014.
Petar Andonovski was born in 1987, in Kumanovo, Macedonia. He studied general and comparative literature at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje. He has published the following books: Mental Space (poetry, 2008), Eyes the Color of Shoes (novel, 2013, second and third edition 2016), The Body That Has To Be Lived In (novel, 2015, second and third edition 2016).
His first novel Eyes the Color of Shoes was shortlisted for the Utrinski Vesnik Novel of the Year Award in 2013. In 2016 this novel was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature.
The novel The Body That Has To Be Lived In won the Utrinski Vesnik Novel of the Year Award in 2015.
Ramiz Huremagić was born in Cazin, in 1972 and has been living in Sarajevo since 1995. He completed his undergraduate studies in Zagreb and Sarajevo, and obtained his master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Cardiff, UK. Cannon fodder in military boots between 1992-1995. Over the period of more than nine years, Ramiz worked on organised crime investigations. Together with writer Izet Perviz, Ramiz co-authored a script for feature-length film „Tobacco Smoke“, that was awarded in 2004 by the Foundation for cinematography of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (FBiH). The film was also included in the official selection of CineLink programme for script development at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
His poetry was published in Croatian magazine Poezija, magazine Novi izraz, and various other portals, magazines and journals. His second book of poetry „Čekičanje vremena – The hammering of the time“ was published in 2016 by Centar SAMOUPRAVA from Sarajevo. In 2017, this book was shortlisted for the best book of poetry at the competition „Ratković’s evenings of poetry“.
Born in Tervel (1977), Yordanka Beleva is a Bulgarian short story writer and poet. She graduated in Bulgarian Philology and Library Management, Beleva is a doctor of Library and Information Sciences.
Winner of national awards for poetry and prose. Author of the books “Peignoirs and boats” (2002), “The Sea Level of Love” (2011), “Her” (2012), “Keys” (2015), “Missed Moment” (2017) and “Keder” (2018).
Her short stories and poems have been translated in different languages and selected in many anthologies.
She works at the Parliamentary Library of Bulgaria as a librarian and bibliographer.
Born in Sarajevo in 1980 where she still lives. Graduated at the Department of Philosophy and Sociology. She’s the author of the two collection of stories “The Anatomy of a Smile” and “Call Me Esteban”. She is also author of contemporary socially engaged drama “Ogress, or how I killed my family”.
Her second book “Call me Esteban” won “Edo Budiša Award” for best book of short stories, and was a short-listed nominee for the European Literature Prize in 2015. Besides that, Lejla won many literature awards for short stories and was awarded to various residences and fellowships.
Her stories are translated into English, German, French, Macedonian, Slovenian, Polish, Romanian, Albanian and Lithuanian. Writes prose, essays and reviews in various magazines and on web portals in B&H and EX-YU countries.
Gabriela Babnik (1979) has MA thesis about the Nigerian modern novel at Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubljana. She has published literary critics, commentaries and interviews in different media in Slovenia. In 2008 for her novel Skin from Cotton, she has received the prize for the best debut novel, and for her third novel Dry Season in 2013 she has received the European Union Prize for Literature. Same year she was awarded with Stritar award for the best young critic.
Žarko Kujundžiski (Skopje, 1980) is an Macedonian short story writer, novelist, essayists, playwright, poet, translator and film critic.
He is author of 11 books. His short stories, poems, essays and reviews have been translated in different languages and selected in many anthologies, Best European Fiction 2013, among others.
Spectator is the first debut novel in the contemporary Macedonian literature which has been published in seven print run editions.
Kujundjiski is a member of the Macedonian writer association and of Macedonian PEN Center since 2012.
He is General manager at publishing house Antolog Books.
He is cofounder of the BookStar literature festival.
Igor Štiks was born in Sarajevo in 1977 and has lived in Zagreb, Paris, Chicago, Edinburgh, and Belgrade. His first novel, A Castle in Romagna [Dvorac u Romagni], won the Slavić prize for best first novel in Croatia and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2006. It was subsequently published in English, German, Spanish and Turkish. Earning his PhD at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and Northwestern University, Štiks later published a monograph, Nations and Citizens in Yugoslavia and the Post-Yugoslav States: One Hundred Years of Citizenship. His novel The Judgment of Richard Richter, originally published as Elijah’s Chair [Elijahova stolica], won the Gjalski and Kiklop Awards for the best novel in Croatia and has been translated into fifteen languages. In addition to winning the Grand Prix of the 2011 Belgrade International Theatre Festival for his stage adaptation of Elijah’s Chair, Štiks was honored with the prestigious Chevalier des arts et des lettres for his literary and intellectual achievements.
Marko Pogačar was born in 1984. in Split, Yugoslavia. He has published eleven books of poetry, essays and prose, for which he received Croatian and international awards. In 2014 he edited the Young Croatian Lyric anthology. He is an editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Proletter.me, web-magazine for cultural and social issues. He was a fellow of, among others, Civitella Ranieri, Literarische Colloquium Berlin, Récollets-Paris, Passa Porta, Milo Dor, Brandenburger Tor, Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz, Literaturhaus NÖ, and Krokodil Belgrade fellowships. His books and texts appeared in more than thirty languages.
Born in Vrgorac in 1967, Drago Glamuzina graduated in comparative literature and philosophy from Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He worked as a journalist at Vjesnik and as an editor at Nacional News Magazine. From 2003 to 2011, he worked as the editor-in- chief at Profil Publishing, and since 2011 he works as the editor-in- chief of VBZ Publishing. His poetry, prose and literary criticism have been published in various magazines, in newspapers and broadcast on the radio. With Roman Simić he compiled an anthology of Croatian erotic short stories Libido.hr. His publications include Mesari (Butchers, poetry, Naklada MD, Zagreb, 2001), Tri (Three, a novel, Profil, Zagreb, 2008), Je li to sve (Is That All, poetry, VBZ, Zagreb, 2009), and a book of selected poems called Sami u toj šumi accompanied by photographs by Stanko Abadžić (Alone in that Forest, Bibliofil, Zagreb, 2011).
Mesari won the Vladimir Nazor Book of the Year Award and the Kvirin Prize for the Best Book of Poetry, and was translated into German (Wieser Verlag, Klagenfurt, 2008), Macedonian (Makedonska reč, Skopje, 2004), and Slovene (Litera, Maribor, 2001) and selections from it were also published in German, English and Polish. In 2009 Mesari was also published in Serbia by Naklada Profil Belgrade. His second book of poetry, Je li to sve, was translated into Macedonian (Makedonska reč, 2010). His novel Tri won the T-portal’s Award for the best Croatian novel published in 2008. Besides Croatia, Tri appeared in Serbia (Rende, Belgrade, 2009), Macedonia (Makedonska reč, 2009), and Slovenia (Beletrina, 2013). His latest poetry collection is entitled Everest(Fraktura, 2016.)
Zhivko Grozdanoski, born on November 10 th 1986, had lived most of his life in his home in the village of Bigor Dolenci, in Western Republic of Macedonia. He has studied in an American high school in Skopje, and аt the University of philology in Skopje (Italian language and literature). He has translated from Italian three books of prose (Svevo, Ammaniti, Trevi), an essay (Baricco) and a book of poetry (Montale); he has published four books (one book of poetry, two books of short stories, one novel), and in 2006 he has presented his short amateur documentary in the critics’ week on the Cannes Film Festival. He has worked in a freight forwarding company, Italian cultural center, restaurants, a plastic injection molding plant, and a civil engineering company – Zhivko’s last work of literature, the novel “The last of all the Future’s names” deals also with the construction of a tunnel in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Lisandi Kola was born in Shkoder (Albania) on 12 May 1986. He studied Albanian Language and Literature in his hometown during the years 2004-2008 and then he has been graduated in Literature  (M.Sc. in Criticism & Literary theory) at the University of Tirana, Faculty of History and Philology, Department of Literature. In 2014 he earns a PhD in Literary Sciences at the same University.
During the period October 2014 – January 2016 he works at the National Library of Albania (Tirana) as a librarian and bibliographer. At the same time he was invited as a Professor of Comparative Literature and Introduction to Comparative Literature from University of Tirana, Faculty of History and Philology, Department of Literature. Since January 2016 and present is a full time Professor of Albanian Modern Literature and History of Albanian Sonnet in the last institution [Department of Literature]. Whereas in the Department of Journalism and Communication he teaches Theory of Translation. He has published many books of poetry, translations, researches, and a novel. With the volume of poems Butterflies die on May, Dit’ e Nat’, Pristina, Kosovo, 2014, he is the winner of the National Prize At Zef Pllumi, 3rd edition, year 2014. Years before, on 5 November
2009, the cultural society ‘Robert Schwartz’, with executive director, Mr. Ardian Klosi, gives him the 1st Prize as best young narrator. Poetries of this author are published in English and Montenegrin language. Also L. Kola is a play writer. His plays are staged in Tirana and Shkoder. The last play was staged in the National Experimental Theatre ‘Kujtim Spahivogli’ (Tirana), January 2017, ‘The truth of Mary’ directed by Besfort Idrizi – from the National Theatre of Macedonia.
Aleksandra Saša Savanović was born in 1986, in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. She studied International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Belgrade, Belgrade), and Sociology at the Institute for Sociology (Free University, Berlin). Her stories, essays and articles have appeared in electronic and printed magazines, periodic journals and several short stories collections. She is one of the editors of Zent – magazine for politics, technology and arts, and co-author of the recently publish book Zajednička dobra i granice kapitalizma (Commons and the boundaries of capitalism). Her first novel Deseti život (Life no.10) will be published this autumn. She works as freelance researcher and project manager in culture and the non-profit sector.
Davor Stojanovski (1987, Skopje) – writer, poet, playwright, translator and musician. He holds an M.A. in Macedonian Literature, has worked as a copywriter, proof-reader, and translator from Slovenian to Macedonian.
He has won the Anne Frank award for his debut theatre play in 2005, the Short Story Award from the daily newspaper “Nova Makedonija” in 2011, was shortlisted for the “Utrinski Vesnik” award for his debut novel Ненасловена месечева соната (Untitled Moonlight Sonata) in 2013, and won the same award for Собирачи на пепел (Collecting Аshes) in 2016.
His work has been published in many prose and poetry Anthologies in Macedonia.
His short stories have been translated and published in Serbian for the Rukopisi Poetry and Short Fiction Anthology of Young Authors from the Ex-YU (2011 & 2012), his short story Requiem has been translated into German and published in Ausallen Richtungen: Karlsplatzierungen (Sonderzahl, Wien, 2015), and his poem Bez naslova has been translated into Serbian and published in the Anthology of the Macedonian Poetry: IX-XXI century (Arka Publishing House, Smederevo 2015).
He is a former member of the Macedonian alternative rock band Foolish Green, with which he published the album “Escape” in 2013.
Vinko Möderndorfer is a writer, dramatist, essayist, theatre, movie and television producer. His literary works have been translated into several foreign languages. He has received some of the most prestigeous Slovene literary awards, including two for short stories – Županič Award for “Krog male smrti” (1994) and Prešeren Fund Awards for “Nekatere ljubezni” (2000).
Tadej Golob (1967) is one of the most unique Slovene authors with thematically very diverse scope of works. He appeared among the writers with a book Z Everesta (From Everest) (2000) where he describes Dave Karničar’s skiing from the highest mountain of the world, a mountain that the writer also ascended, and continues with biographies of Peter Vilfan (2004), Zoran Predin (2009) and Goran Dragic (2015), with novels for youth Zlati zob (Gold tooth) (2011) and Kam je izginila Brina? (Where did Brina disappear?) (2013), and with novels for adults Svinjske nogice (Pig’s feet) (Kresnik award 2010 for best novel) and Ali boma ye! (nomination for Kresnik award 2014). Jezero (Lake) (2016) is his first crime novel.
The Lake is a crime novel which has shifted the boundaries of popular fiction writing within the Slovene literary scene, managed to intrigue a wide reading audience and unify literary critics in the verdict that this is a well thought out and extremely skilfully written story. Further proof of this are the three reprints of the book within a short time after it was first published in November 2016.
The novel is set in recognizable Slovenian surroundings, the tourist surroundings of Lake Bohinj and the daily routine of the capital, Ljubljana. The protagonist is a model family man and detective with quite a reputation in his field. He is also a former mountaineer, a sworn recreational sportsman who is sometimes secretive, sometime impulsive, but always thoughtful and amusing.