The Department of Literature of Matica Srpska was founded at the constitutional assembly of the Board in 1864 upon the relocation of Matica Srpska to Novi Sad. The first meeting of the Department was held on the 29th and 30th of August the same year. The Literary Board of the Department was constituted in October. The members of the Department of Literature, however, had been working actively in Matica Srpska since its founding. The scope of their work was presentation of Serbian culture in Europe as well as the enlightenment of the Serbian people. To this end were the rich publishing activities developed. The basis of these activities was Letopis (The Chronicle) launched in 1824 and, over time, numerous editions of Matica Srpska were created.

The Department of Literature and Language in its contemporary form was assembled after World War 2. Its task is to organize, encourage and popularize scientific research work in the fields of literature and language, to support the development of contemporary literature and literary language, to care for and cultivate the language and literature of the Serbian people and its connections with cultures of other nations, as well as to develop cooperation with according scientific and cultural institutions in our country and abroad.

The Department operates under the management of the Secretary General of the Department and the Department Board.

Secretary Generals of the Department:

Professor Boško Novaković, PhD (1968‒1973)
Professor Božidar Kovaček, PhD (1973‒1982)
Professor Jovan Jerković, PhD (1983‒1994)
Professor Marija Kleut PhD (1995‒1998)
Professor Mato Pižurica, PhD (1999‒2012)
Marko Nedić, PhD (2012‒ )

Secretary General:
Marko Nedić, PhD
markone43@gmail.com

Associate of the Department:
Julka Đukić
jdjukic@maticasrpska.org.rs
021/6622-726

Board members of the Department

Professor Janoš Banjai, PhD, Corresponding Member of SANU
Assistant Professor Isidora Bjelaković, PhD
Assistant Professor Slobodan Vladušić, PhD
Miro Vuksanović, Corresponding Member of SANU
Professor Slavko Gordić, PhD
Professor Vladislava Gordić Petković, PhD
Professor Jasmina Grković Mejđžor, PhD, Corresponding Member of SANU
Professor Sava Damjanov, PhD
Professor Jovan Delić, PhD
Professor Miroslav Egerić, PhD
Professor Radoslav Eraković, PhD
Professor Dušan Ivanić. PhD
Professor Kornelija Ičin, PhD
Professor Vojislav Jelić, PhD
Professor Aleksandar Jovanović, PhD
Miroslav Josić Višnjić
Mirjana Jocić, MA
Professor Marija Kleut, PhD
Academician Svetozar Koljević
Academician Aleksandar Loma
Professor Jovan Ljuštanović, PhD
Professor Goran Maksimović, PhD
Professor Ksenija Maricki Gađanski, PhD
Professor Jelka Matijašević, PhD
Miodrag Maticki, PhD
Vesna Matović, PhD
Professor Aleksandar Milanović, PhD
Professor Sofija Miloradović, PhD
Academician Nada Milošević Đorđević
Professor Miroslav Nikolić, PhD
Professor Jelena Novaković, PhD
Vasa Pavković, MA
Professor Slobodan Pavlović, MA
Professor Mihajlo Pantić, MA
Professor Dragoljub Petrović, PhD
Professor Ljiljana Pešikan Ljuštanović, PhD
Professor Mato Pižurica, PhD
Professor Petar Pijanović, PhD
Academician Predrag Piper
Professor Valentina Pitulić, PhD
Professor Jovan Popov, PhD
Academician Milorad Radovanović
Professor Saša Radojčić, PhD
Professor Gorana Raičević, PhD
Professor Jelka Ređep, PhD
Professor Vladislava Ružić, PhD
Petar Sarić
Đorđo Sladoje
Professor Dragan Stanić, PhD
Professor Ljiljana Subotić, PhD
Professor Sreto Tanasić, PhD
Professor Lidija Tomić, PhD
Professor Mladen Šukalo, PhD

SPECIAL EDITIONS

The following books were published in 2011:
1 Pravopis srpskoga jezika, second edition; first revised and updated edition (from 2010).
2 Rečnik srpskoga jezika (single volume) revised and updated edition by Professor Miroslav Nikolić, PhD. Technically speaking, this is a reprint in 2000 copies of the first edition from 2007 (the initial print run was 5000, however, only 3000 copies had been printed). Apart from amending more or less minor oversights, the lexicographic treatment was significantly improved and there were changes in the choice of words as well. For these reasons this edition can be regarded as a second edition. The requirement of our culture for a dictionary of such volume has been met for now.
3 Rečnik srpskih govora Vojvodine, volume 10 (with the letters H, C, Dž, Š) edited by Professor Dragoljub Petrović, PhD, 202 pages with geographical maps. This volume was published by Matica Srpska in cooperation with IK Tiski Cvet publishing company.
4 Dragoljub Petrović, Snežana Gudurić, Fonologija srpskoga jezika (524 pages; print run: 1000 copies). The book was copublished with the Institute for the Serbian Language of SANU and Beogradska knjiga. Year of publishing: 2010.
5 Gramatika i leksika u slovenskim jezicima, Zbornik radova sa međunarodnog naučnog skupa (organized at Matica Srpska and at the Institute for the Serbian Language of SANU, Belgrade, from the 5th to the 16th of September 2010), 594 pages.
6 Filip Višnjić – međaš usmene i umetničke poezije, proceedings from a scientific conference held in Šid, 86 pages.
7 Iščekujući sreću ili stvaralačke muke slobode, Emilija Džambarski Zavišić, 355 pages.
8 Od Morave do Morave II, Iz istorije češko-srpskih odnosa, proceedings, 429 pages. The proceedings are a result of cooperation between Matica Srpska and Matica Moravska.

The following books were published in 2010:

1 Pravopis srpskoga jezika, revised and updated edition (508 pages).
2 Narodna proza u „Vili”, Snežana Samardžija (182 pages).
This book is the result of the project Library of Oral Literature of Matica Srpska. This book is the 13th in the series with the same title and was copublished with the Institute for Literature and Arts in Belgrade.
3 Narodne pesme u „Srpsko-dalmatinskom magazinu”, Milorad Radević, Miodrag Matacki (315 pages).
This book is the result of the project Library of Oral Literature of Matica Srpska. This book is the 14th in the series with the same title and was copublished with the Institute for Literature and Arts in Belgrade
4 Žanrovi u srpskoj periodici, proceedings (edited by Vesna Matović, PhD, scientific advisor and director of the Institute), „Istorija srpske književne periodike”, volume 20, 575 pages. This book is the result of the Nauka o književnosti – Istorija srpske književne periodike project, volume 20, copublished for Literature and Arts in Belgrade.
5 Čas opisa časopisa IV. Srpska šaljiva periodika (1850-1870), Žarko Rošulj (335 pages). This book is the result of the Nauka o književnosti – Istorija srpske književne periodike project, volume 6, copublished for Literature and Arts in Belgrade.
6 Poezija Miroslava Cenjre Mihailovića, proceedings dedicated to the winner of the Zmaj Award in 2004, 214 pages.

The following books were published in 2009:

1 Rečnik srpskih govora Vojvodine, volume 10 (with the letters T, Ć, U and F) edited by Professor Dragoljub Petrović, PhD, 209 pages with geographical maps. This volume was published by Matica Srpska in cooperation with IK Tiski Cvet publishing company.
2 During 2009 Zavod za udžbenike (as executive publisher) published the 9th edition of Pravopis srpskoga jezika (print run; 5000 copies), M. Pešikan, J. Jerković and M. Pižurica.
Prva Knjiga Series

   The Prva Knjiga (First Book) Series of Matica Srpska

The Prva Knjiga (First Book) Series of Matica Srpska was launched in 1957 and was meant for young authors stepping on to the literary scene. Over 250 titles of poetry, prose, reviews, literary theory and essay writing have been published so far. Apart from achieving enviable reputation, Matica’s Prva Knjiga is the oldest series of this type in Serbian publishing of the 20th century.

Books are printed in a symbolical print run of 300 numbered copies. By system of exchange they reach all relevant national libraries including the Library of Congress in the USA.

Many of the authors of this series are important representatives of our contemporary literature. The list includes: Dobrica Erić, Mirjana Stefanović, Judita Šalgo, Milutin Petrović, Gvozden Eror, Miro Vuksanović, Vladimir Kopicl, Radmila Gikić, Dragan Velikić, Novica Milić, Ljubiša Arsić, Mihajlo Pantić, Jovan Delić, Jovan Popov, Vojislav Karanović, Zoran Đerić, Dubravka Đurić, Veselin Marković, Vladimir Tasić, Borivoje Adašević and others.

Prva Knjiga was edited by Ivan B. Lalić, David Albahari, Miroslav Antić, Florika Štefan, Vasa Pavković and many other acclaimed authors. The publishing of every new series of the First Book coincides with the Book Fair in Belgrade where the authors can present themselves to the literary public for the first time.

Manuscripts competing for the Prva Knjiga Series are accepted until the 1st of May and the decision of the editorship is made public on the website of Matica Srpska by the end of July at the latest.

The propositions of the open competition are that the author should not be older than 30 years of age in the year they enter the open competition and that they have no previously published books. Manuscripts can be sent to (or delivered in person) to the following address: Matica srpska, za ediciju „Prva knjiga”, Matice srpske 1, 21000 Novi Sad.

Editorship of the Prva Knjiga Series:

Professor Vladislava Gordić Petković, PhD, Editor in Chief
Laslo Blašković
Sonja Veselinović, MA
Assistant Professor Đorđe Despić, PhD
Nenad Milošević
Ivan Radosavljević

THE STUDY OF SERBS SERIES

Scientists from many countries devote attention to our language and literature, culture and history with plenty of reasons to do so. They have come to significant results and have written valuable books. Their contributions complement what our researchers have achieved.

The goal of this series is to familiarize our public with the achievements of slavists from abroad and to help our science to incorporate them into its funds of knowledge. By doing so, our society repays the authors, our friends and ambassadors of understanding.

Our readership will find an extraordinarily attractive reading in the Studies of Serbs Series. The charm of these texts is enriched with a quite out of the common point of view: our people and circumstances seen through the eyes of others.

The series is a joint publication of Matica Srpska from Novi Sad, Zavod za udžbenike from Belgrade and Vukova zadužbina from Belgrade. So far 20 books have been published.

Editorial Board of the Study of Serbs Series:

Academician Milorad Radovanović, president
Professor Sava Damjanov, PhD
Academician Nada Milošević Đorđević
Professor Jelka Ređep, PhD
Two members (Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva)

THE ZMAJ AWARD LIBRARY

The Zmaj Award Library was instituted with the intention to fully and critically shed light on the poetic work of the winner of this most significant award for poetry of Matica Srpska. Their work, analyzed from various critical and methodological perspectives, gives a more detailed picture of the scope and importance of their poetry for the contemporary Serbian literature. So far books about the poetry of the following authors have been published: Aleksa Vukadinović, Jovan Hristić, Dara Sekulić, Duško Novaković, Srba Mitrović, Miroslav Maksimović, Živorad Nedeljković, Nikola Vujčić, Zlata Kocić, Miroslav Cera Mihajlović.

Editors of the Zmaj Award Library:

Ivan Negrišorac
Assistant Professor Đorđe Despić, PhD

THE ZMAJ AWARD OF MATICA SRPAKA

The assembly meeting of Matica Srpska held on the 15th of March 1953 founded a permanent annual literary award called Zmajeva nagrada Matice srpske za poeziju na srpskom jeziku (The Matica Srpska Zmaj Award for Poetry in Serbian Language) in remembrance of the poet Jovan Jovanović Zmaj. The cash award is financed from the endowment funds run by Matica Srpska: Jovan Naka Endowment, Atanasije Gerecki Endowment, Aleksa and Marija Dejanović Endowment, Nikola and Rakila Knežević Endowment, Božana Latinčić Endowment, Katica and Dančika Manojlović Endowment, Đorđe F. Nedeljković Endowment, Ljuba and Julijana Nedeljković Endowment, Sofija Pasković née Kambel Endowment, Đorđe Redak Endowment, Marija Trandafil Endowment and Jovan Trandafil Endowment, as well as from funds of Matica Srpska.

The funds for this year’s Zmaj Award (RSD 150,000.00) were provided by Srpska banka from Belgrade.

This award is, in accordance with the book of regulations of the Zmaj Award of Matica Srpska, announced and given to winners at Matica Srpska at a ceremonial meeting on the day of its founding, the 16th of February every year.

The jury of the Zmaj Award:

Professor Mihajlo Pantić, PhD, President
Assistant Professor Đorđe Despić, PhD
Ivan Negrišorac
Đorđo Sladoje
Professor Bojana Stojanović Pantović, PhD

BRANKO AWARD OF MATICA SRPSKA

In remembrance of Branko Radičević and on the 100th anniversary of his death Matica Srpska instituted the Branko Award, an award for students of philological and philosophical faculties (at a meeting of the Management Board on the 17th of October 1948). Since then Matica Srpska has traditionally awarded this prize to the best student works created during undergraduate as well as master studies, written or translated into Serbian. The subjects of these works can be the history of Serbian literature and other literatures of the world, contemporary Serbian and world literature as well as other theoretical questions regarding literature.

The respective departments of universities submit seminar papers and theses to members of the jury. The prize is comprised of a diploma and a sum of money.

The jury of the Branko Award of Matica Srpska:

Professor Gordana Raičević, PhD, President
Professor Dragana Vukićević, PhD
Professor Radoslav Eraković, PhD
Professor Vojislav Jelić, PhD
Assistant Professor Zorica Hadžić, PhD

MLADEN LESKOVAC AWARD

In 1993, in remembrance of Mladen Leskovac, Matica Srpska founded the Mladen Leskovac Award for the best published scientific work in the field of the history of Serbian literature. This prize is awarded every third year.

Winners of the Mladen Leskovac award up to now:

1 Dragiša Živković, PhD (1991, 1992, 1993)
2 Novica Petković, PhD (1994, 1995, 1996)
3 Radmila Marinković, PhD1997, 1998, 1999)
4 Nada Milošević, Đorđević, PhD (2000, 2001, 2002)
5 Božidar Kovaček, PhD (2003, 2004, 2005)
6 Dušan Ivanić, PhD (2007, 2008, 2009)
7 Jovan Delić, PhD (2010, 2011, 2012)
8 Dejan Aleksić (2013)
9 Gojko Đogo (2014)

Jury of the Mladen Leskovac Award:

Professor Dušan Ivanić, PhD, president
Professor Aleksandar Jovanović, PhD
Professor Radmila Marinković, PhD
Academician Nada Milošević Đorđević
Professor Ivo Tartalja, PhD

MATICA SRPSKA CHARTER FOR SERBIAN LANGUAGE CULTIVATION

On 17th December 2012 the Management Board of Matica Srpska constituted the charter for improving and cultivating Serbian language and its spoken culture, the diversity of linguistic expressions and their application, complying with the rules of literary language, cultivation of the Cyrillic alphabet, its application and development of its artistic potentials.

The jury for the Matica Srpska Charter for Serbian Language Cultivation:

Др Миодраг Матицки, председник жирија
Miodrag Maticki, PhD, president
Professor Dragan Stanić, PhD, President of Matica Srpska
Academician Predrag Piper
Professor Mato Pižurica, PhD
Academician Slobodan Remetić

The first award was given in 2013 to:

1 Academician Ivan Klajn for his overall contribution to the development and preservation of the culture of the Serbian language;
2 Večernje novosti, for the cultivation of Serbian language for many years;
3 A group of professors and teachers of Serbian language from Montenegro who resisted against the unnaming of the Serbian language. The stakes were high and they risked their own as well as their families’ existence.

STANDARDIZATION OF THE SERBIAN LANGUAGE BOARD

The Standardization of the Serbian Language Board is a work unit comprised of its founders that has the task of systematic all-encompassing and detailed standardization of the Serbian language in both its variants (ekavica and ijekavica). This body also prepares according documents and handbooks, regulations on the introduction of appropriate innovations to normativism and linguistic practice.

The Board was founded in Belgrade on the 12th of December 1997. The founders are: Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti SANU (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Crnogorska akademija nauka i umetnosti CANU (Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts), Akademija nauka i umjetnosti Republike Srpske ANURS (Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republic of Srpska), Matica Srpska, the Institute for Serbian Language in Belgrade, Faculties of Philology in Belgrade and Priština, Faculties of Philosophy in Novi Sad, Nikšić, Niš, Srpsko Sarajevo, and Banja Luka, University of Kragujevac and Srpska Književna Zadruga in Belgrade.

Board member of the Standardization of the Serbian Language Board is Academician Milorad Radovanović.

NJEGOŠ BOARD

The Management Board of Matica Srpska, based on the proposition of Vice President Miro Vuksanović, Academician Radomir V. Ivanović and Professor Milo Lompar, PhD, decided to found the Njegoš Board at its meeting held on the 12th of April 2006. The activities of the Board are as follows: restoration and completion of the legacy of Njegoš Vladimir Otović; publication of the biography of Njegoš as well as the bibliography of Njegošology; organization of three year assemblies devoted to Njegoš, Njegošology, his predecessors, similar contemporaries and successors; publication of Zbornik za Njegošologiju once a year; cooperation with related institutions involved in Njegošology as well as proposing books on Njegošology to publishers of books on Njegoš.

On the 26th of December, at the meeting of the Management Board, a decision was made on members of the board: Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije Radović was elected president of the Board; Academician Milka Ivić and Academician Matija Bećković were appointed vice presidents; Professor Jasmina Grković Mejdžor was appointed Secretary General; Members: Bishop of Bačka Irinej Bulović, Miro Vuksanović, Academician Miomir Dašić, Professor Jovan Delić, PhD, Professor Božidar Kovaček, PhD, Academician Svetozar Koljević, Academician Aleksandar Mladenović, Professor Mato Pižurica, PhD, Academician Vlado Strugar, Academician Ljubomir Tadić, Srđa Trifković, PhD, Gojko Šantić and Professor Bogoljub Šijaković, PhD.

The first scientific conference entitled Delo Petra II Petrovića Njegoša (The Work of Petar Petrović Njegoš II) was held on the 20th and 21st of March 2009.

The first Njegošev zbornik Matice Srpske (Njegoš Journal of Matica Srpska) was published in 2010.

Members of the Njegoš board of Matica Srpska since 2012:

President
Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije (Radović)

Vice presidents
Academician Matija Bećković
Academician Svetozar Koljević

Secretary General
Professor Jasmina Grković Mejdžor, PhD

Members:

Bishop of Bačka Irinej (Bulović)
Miro Vuksanović, corresponding member of SANU
Academician Miomir Dašić
Professor Jovan Delić, PhD
Academician Ljubomir Zuković
Professor Goran Maksimović, PhD
Professor Mato Pižurica, PhD
Academician Predrag Piper
Professor Dragan Stanić, PhD
Academician Vlado Strugar
Srđa Trifković, PhD
Gojko Šantić
Professor Bogoljub Šijaković

Organizational and Editorial Board after the third meeting of the Njegoš Board (October 8th, 2010):

Miro Vuksanović, corresponding member of SANU
Professor Sava Damjanov, PhD
Professor Jovan Delić, PhD
Academician Svetozar Koljević, editor in chief and president of the Organizational Board of the Scientific Assembly
Professor Milo Lompar, PhD
Academician Nada Milošević Đorđević