Lana Bastasic is a Yugoslav-born writer. She studied English Language and Literature and holds an MA degree in Cultural Studies. She has published two collections of short stories and one of poetry. "Catch the Rabbit", her first novel, was published in 2018 in Serbia and shortlisted for the NIN prize. The novel will soon appear in Catalan (Edicions de Periscopi), Spanish (Navona), English (Picador UK), German (Fischer) and other translations. Her short stories have been included in major regional anthologies throughout former Yugoslavia. She won the Best Short Story Award at the ‘Zija Dizdarević’ competition in Fojnica, Bosnia (years 2010 and 2011); the Jury Award at the ‘Carver: Where I’m Calling From’ festival in Podgorica, Montenegro (2010); the Best Short Story Award at the ‘Ulaznica’ festival in Zrenjanin, Serbia (2010); Best Play by a Bosnian Playwright Award at the competition organized by Kamerni teatar 55 in Sarajevo (2013) and Targa UNESCO Prize for poetry at the Castello di Duino festival in Trieste, Italy (2013).
She collaborates with various literary magazines, such as ‘Polja’ (Novi Sad), 'Povelja' (Kraljevo), and ‘Putevi’ (Banja Luka). In 2016 she co-founded Escola Bloom with Borja Bagunyà and she co-edits the school's literary magazine Carn de cap.
She lives in Belgrade.