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

After ten years

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SLS Kenya

**Please note that applications for SLS Kenya 2018 are currently closed, as we have reached capacity. We may re-open after we have explored ways to expand the program. Check back here in early August for updates.**

In December 2018, SLS Kenya will offer two

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SLS Georgia

After the remarkable success of our flagship 2017 program in Tbilisi, Georgia, we will be returning in 2018, from July 15–29.  The rich literary tradition and culture of Georgia has inspired countless international poets

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To apply for SLS Georgia 2018, please fill out the application form here.

Please note that applications for SLS Kenya 2018 are closed, as we have reached capacity. We may re-open after we have explored ways to expand the program. Check back here in early August

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Latest Posts

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Fiction and Poetry Contest Deadline Extended to March 7th!

March 1, 2018 | No Comments

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 Read more »


SLS Fiction and Poetry Contest Results!

April 15, 2017 | No Comments

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 Read more »


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

April 4, 2017 | No Comments

“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 Read more »


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

February 2, 2017 | No Comments

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 Read more »


SLS Georgia Faculty 2017: Ariana Reines

January 3, 2017 | No Comments

“Ariana Reines is a go-for-broke artist who honors her traditions by being like no one else. Some of us have made a fetish of our stupidity, pretending to forget history, and some of us have made a fetish of despair, Read more »