We are happy to introduce the following jury members for Montenegro:

Dragana Tripković, poet and playwright, President of the jury

Aleksander Bečanović, writer, screenwriter, film critic and EUPL 2017 laureate

Vlatko Simunović, journalist and literary critic

Ognjen Spahić, writer and EUPL 2014 laureate

Predrag Uljarevic, publisher


Dragana Tripković

Dragana Tripković –  poet and playwright. She is born 1984. at Montenegro (Southeast Europe), graduated on dramaturgy on Faculty of Performing Arts at University of Montenegro. 

She is a one of the founders of the theater group ATAK (Alternative Theater Active Company) in Podgorica, Montenegro. She was dramaturgist at Montenegrin National Theater, and curent dramaturgist at City Theater Podgorica. She is a member of Anna Lind Foundation in Montenegro, member of Montenegrin Association for Independent Writers and Montenegrin PEN Center. She was a member of the Council of the Montenegrin National Television 2014 - 2019.  

Dragana Tripković published several books of poetry in Motenegro and Croatia. Her poems are translated in English, German, Russian, Italian, Polish, Latvian, Albanian and Macedonian languages. The works of Dragan Tripković were published as part of the national capital project of the contemporary Montenegrin writers "Nova Luča". Her poetry is in many anthologies of contemporary poetry of the former Yugoslav countries and Europe. She is an editor in the Open Cultural Forum and Ars Literature Magazine.

Aleksandar Bečanović

Aleksandar Bečanović, born in 1971, is a Montenegrin writer, film critic and screenwriter. He is the author of five poetry books, Ulysses’ Distance (1994), Being (1996), The Pantry (1998), Places in the Letter (2001) and Preludes and Fugues (2007); two short story collections, I am Waiting, What Will Happen Next (2005) and Obsession (2009); and three novels, Arcueil (2015), Disorder (2017) and Vlatka (2018). He has also published two books of film criticism, Genre in the Contemporary Cinema (2005) and the 900-page long Lexicon of Film Directors (2015). He received the Risto Ratković Award for the best book of poetry in Montenegro in 2002, and EUPL Award for 2017. He writes film reviews and essays for Montenegrin daily Vijesti, and is one of the contributors to the books 501 Movie Directors (2007), 501 Movie Stars (2007), 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die (2009) and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die (2009).

Vlatko Simunović

Born in 1965. He spent his childhood, boyhood and youth in the Niksic suburb of Straševina. He graduated from the Department of Serbo-Croatian Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niksic. He has been involved in journalism and literary criticism since 1995. He is the author of the books “Records” and “Conversations”. He is the editor of the Culture section of the Montenegrin daily Pobjeda. He works in Podgorica.

Ognjen Spahić

Ognjen Spahić was born in 1977 in Podgorica, Montenegro. He published collections of short stories Sve to (All of That, 2001), Zimska potraga (Winter Search, 2007) and Puna glava radosti (A Head Full of Joy, 2014) for which he received the European Union Prize for Literature in 2014. His novel Hansenova djeca (Hansen’s Children, 2004) won him the Meša Selimović prize for 2005, awarded to the best new novel from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. To date, his books has been published in French, Italian, Slovenian, Arabic, Romanian, Hungarian, Macedonian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Turkish and English. The novels Masalai (2015) and Calypso (2017) are Spahić’s most recent works.

Predrag Uljarevic

Predrag Uljarevic was born in 1971 in Bileća. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro, in Podgorica. He is the founder of the publishing house Nova knjiga, where he has been employed as director and publisher since its founding in 1999. As a publisher, he has signed more than five hundred titles within the publishing production of Nova knjiga, which is currently one of the largest publishers in Montenegro and the region in terms of quality and number of published books.

He is the founder of the first large bookstore chain in Montenegro, Gradska knjižara, which operates in a dozen cities in Montenegro in attractive locations and offers over 30,000 titles.

He participated in the organization of several significant cultural events in Montenegro. He is the founder of the International Book Fair in Podgorica, which has been running continuously since 2006 and is the largest manifestation of its kind in the country and one of the most significant in the region.

He is the founder of the international literary prize Literary Flame together with the Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, who is also its first winner. He is also a jury member of the aforementioned award, chaired by Mario Vargas Llosa. Winners of the Literary Flame Award so far are some of the most significant writers of the world nowadays: Italian writer Claudio Magris, Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and Polish essayist and poet Adam Zagajewski.

He lives and works in Podgorica.