Monika Herceg (born 1990, in Sisak) is a poet, playwright, editor, feminist and popular science activist from Croatia. She is a prominent young poet of a new generation in Croatia and the most awarded young author in recent Croatian history. She grew up near Petrinja, is studying physics at the University of Rijeka and raises two kids in Zagreb. In 2017 she won Goran the most prominent award for young authors in Croatia. As a result her first book was published in 2018 to critical acclaim and has since won the Kvirin Award, the Fran Galović Award, the Slavić Award and the international award Mostovi Struge. That made her literary debut one of the most awarded poetry book in Croatian history. Her second book Lovostaj (The Closed Season) appeared in 2019. The manuscript won the Na vrh jezika award for best unpublished poetry volume in 2018.
Book cover of Lovostaj (The Closed Season)
Internationally she won the second prize of the International Poetry Competition Castello di Duino in Italy back in 2016 and in 2018 The Bridges of Struga award for young authors from Mostovi Struge festival in Macedonia. In 2021 she won the Fierce Women Award for her activism. Her work has been translated into more than ten languages and published in some of the most important magazines. She is a part of Versopolis, a platform for the promotion of young European authors. Trilingual poetry chapbooks have been published in Lithuania and Austria. A selection of works has been published in French, too: “Ciel sous tension”, L’Ollave, 2019. Her stories were awarded with several regional and national awards, such as the Biber Award and the Lapis Histriae.
Book cover of Ciel sous tension
Her drama Gdje se kupuju nježnosti (Where to Buy Tenderness) was awarded by the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.
Drama poster of Gdje se kupuju nježnosti
She has also received the Marin Držić award, the most important award for drama plays in Croatia (for Kill Yourself, Dear Father). She is a member of the Croatian Writers’ Society and in the editorial board of their magazine.