Festival of the European Short Story (FESS) was started in 2002 as one of the first festivals in Europe dedicated to this literary form. What makes the FESS different from most other Croatian festivals is the cooperation with Croatian publishers, the availability of stipends and other opportunities for the development of young translators, systematic work on presenting contemporary Croatian writers to the rest of the world through contacts established during festival events… in a word, an awareness that, if it wants to be alive, the Festival cannot exist without those who make the literary scene in which it breathes.
To this day, more than 250 writers from all over Europe and further have visited FESS. The Festival has been hosted in eight Croatian cities. Fifteen anthologies of the European short story have been published and promoted at the Festival. Within the Festival, several translation workshops in contemporary European literatures have been organized and in cooperation with international partners their winners have been awarded study visits to Poland, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Latvia and Spain.