Serbian Library: 2nd International Poetry and Prose Competition



The Serbian Library in London announces its Second International Poetry and Prose competition 2015. This is continuation of the very successful competition held last year. We have had 52 candidates from Europe and USA. We are sorry that the information did not reach Australia on time, so we did not have candidates from that part of the world; though there are a significant number of poets and writers who write in both Serbian and English. Their origins are from the Balkans and South-East Europe. We welcome Australia this year.

This competition will be open for applications consisting of your written poetry or prose until 31st AUGUST 2015. The announcement of the winners will be in OCTOBER 2015, just before The Belgrade Book Fair, and we shall publish a book with the winning poems and prose which will be launched during Serbian Month in the United Kingdom, (20.January 2016 till the end of February 2016). Date will be announced sooner at the time.

The Serbian Library apologises for the late printing and publishing of the 2014 winner’s book. This was due to events leading in to the new registration of the Serbian Library in London. We hope that all candidates will understand that due to technical issues the competition 2014 was delayed and did not happen at the dead line we proposed.

Dear writers and poets, you are invited to enter this competition in even bigger numbers this year. Your talent will enrich the Serbian Diaspora’s literature and culture.

Last year our selectors (panel of judges) had an extremely tough challenge to select the best competitors and announce the winners, as the quality of the received works was very high.

We hope that this year will challenge our selectors even more!


Vesna Petković and Olga Gaković

The Serbian Library in London



Competition Rules:

We accept maximum of three works by one author in any category.

CATEGORIES are: POETRY- in English or Serbian language.

                                PROSE – in English or Serbian language.

Poems: 40 lines maximum + the title

Prose: 3000 words + the title

Format: A4, printed only on one side of the page with double spacing

Language: Serbian and/or English

All entries must be submitted anonymously (under the code name which will be clearly marked in the right corner of each page).

The real name and surname of the author, full address, telephone and

e-mail address, should be provided inside the sealed envelope, on which ONLY YOUR CODE WILL BE WRITTEN. It will be opened when the winners are announced.

Your entries should not have been published previously, as a self-published text or in any other form , anywhere else in Serbia or abroad. Style and themes should be chosen by the author.

We shall not accept electronic (e-mail) submissions. All entries must be sent as a hard copy in triplicates by post, with the application form provided by the Serbian Library (below) together with your proof of the payment date and how it was paid (PayPal for credit and debit cards, cheques or directly). The UK participants could send an appropriate cheque to accompany their entries.  Payment could be made directly Account in Metro Bank, London


NAME: The Serbian Library in London


Account NO: 16440124                           IBAN: GB89MYMB23058016440124

Sort Code: 23-05-80                                 BIC/SWIFT:  MYMBGB2L


PayPal Account for credit/debit cards

Administrative Fees: £5 for each submitted work or equivalent paid in other currency. The entry fee is not refundable.

Please contact us for information on  or

Telephone numbers  +447801130806 Vesna  +447919276099  Olga

Or office landline : +442073517555


The winner will be the only ONE from each category (poetry-prose) and THREE second-placed authors from each category. All the winners will be notified in electronic form (by E-mail) and will be announced on the BLOG

The Library will organise the presentation of winners at the special event at the Serbian Library AT THE END OF  OCTOBER 2015 . Those who could not be present will be informed by post or electronically by e-mail.

Depending on the number of entries received all winning texts will be published by the Serbian Library in Londonat the end of 2015. Each winning author will also receive 6 copies of the published book and we shall organize a literary evening with the winning authors during the Serbian Month in The UK  (starts 26 January until 28 February).

This Competition is open to all Serbian authors from Diaspora (age 18+), but NOT FROM SERBIA.

Copyright remains with the author. The Serbian Library will keep unrestricted rights to publish the winning works and use them in promotional and advertising material relevant for the Serbian Library’s future activities.

The judges are among well-known authors, literary translators and experienced judges of the literary competitions.

1 Sonja Besford – Author and the President of the Association of the Authors and Writers from Abroad

2 Mira Popović  – Journalist and Author

3 Christina Pribićević Zorić – International Literary Translator and Author

All of the works should be sent to the following address:

The Serbian Library in London

(Competition Poetry – Prose)

PLAZA, 319, 535 Kings Road

London SW10 0SZ, UK