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About SLS

Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) is one of the world’s foremost, one-of- a-kind international literary and cultural organizations, founded in 1998 and has operated on three continents: North America (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Europe (Tbilisi, Georgia), and Africa (Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya).

Past faculty members of the SLS programs include Poet Laureates of the US, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award. Current faculty for the SLS Georgia program include published authors from around the world—and more to be announced soon. 

The SLS Georgia Contest and SLS Georgia Application periods are currently open.  Situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Tbilisi, Georgia has an inestimable amount of inspiration to offer writers.

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Fiction and Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to March 7th!

SLS, in connection with its upcoming programs in Georgia (Summer 2018) and Kenya (December 2018), and in conjunction with Fence magazine, is excited to announce its 2018 literary contest. The first-place winners in poetry and fiction will have the choice of attending, with all expense paid, one of our innovative 2018 programs in Georgia or in Kenya, and will have their work published in […]


SLS Fiction and Poetry Contest Results!

Announcing the winners of this year’s SLS Fiction and Poetry Contest! Thank you to all who participated; we have received close to 500 submissions, with lots of strong work from every corner of the world. 1st place prize: Full tuition waiver for SLS program of choice, fully-paid travel and accommodation 2nd place prize: Full tuition […]


SLS Founding Director Mikhail Iossel’s quick trip down memory lane: Reagan vs Trump, Leningrad, USSR

“In another lifetime, back when I was a very young man in Leningrad, U.S.S.R., my friends (my fellow samizdatchiks) and I would be stunned to hear the rare American visitors to our semi-underground literary club—experimental poets and avant-garde writers from California and New York—criticize Ronald Reagan, and in the most vehement terms, too! Despite our inadequate […]


There’s still time to enter the SLS fiction/poetry contest!

There’s one month left to enter the SLS Fiction & Poetry contest for a chance to win a unique literary experience in Georgia or Kenya, as well as publication in Fence Magazine. 1st place – all expenses paid to 2017 SLS program of choice in Georgia or Kenya 2nd place – full tuition waiver for […]

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