For nearly a century, the Slovenian Union of America has been dedicated to preserving the legacy of our Slovenian heritage. Writing has played an essential role in sustaining our culture and our communities. The SUA Slovenian Literary Award was established in 2019 to honor those who continue this vital tradition.

We are delighted to announce that the 2024 Slovenian Literary Award was presented to Mary Prisland. A link to her winning submission, A Lesser Weed, can be found at the top of the list of previous award winners. 

The Slovenian Union of America Presents: The Seventh Annual Slovenian Literary Award 

          Accepting Submissions from November 1, 2024 – January 31, 2025 at 5 pm EST

After submissions open, applicants may provide a biographical statement and submit work here:

 2025 Slovenian Literary Award by SUA     

• Open to first time writers as well as published authors

• Open to all genres of creative writing, including:

• Short Stories, Novels, Poetry, Memoir, Creative and Narrative Nonfiction, Personal Essays

• Work must be in a digital format that can be submitted electronically.

• Work must be submitted in English.

• English translations will be accepted only if you are also the author of the original work. 

• Up to 3 submissions per writer (but only one may be book-length.)

• Applicants may live anywhere but must have a connection to Slovenian culture or heritage. 

• Individual writers only, 18 years and up. SUA membership is not required.

• Works are judged blind by a committee that includes writers.

• Winner to be announced in June 2025.

For more information please contact: [email protected]


2024 Winning Submission  A Lesser Weed  by Mary Prisland 

2023 Winning Submission  My Vacation on the Island Rab for F.P. (1921–2010)  by Julia N. Petrich 

2022 Winning Submission Leaving Home in 1913  by Amy Fradel.  

2021 Winning Submission Under Ground by Megan Marsnik

2020 Winning Submission “The Necklace.” by Allyn Howey

2019 Winning Submission “At the Potica Workshop”  by Blair Kilpatrick