Zlatko Topcic was born in 1955 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has published nine novels, six collections of short stories, eleven theater plays, two screenplays for feature films (Remake, directed by Dino Mustafic, 2003 and The Abandoned, directed by Adis Bakrac, 2010) and four screenplays for documentary films (I Respond to You, God, Blood and Musk, The Best Years Ever and Miracle in Bosnia).
Translated into English, German, (drama I Don't Like Mondays, PEN Centre Austria, Wien, 2010), French (novel Le mot de la fin, M.E.O. Edition, Bruxelles, 2016), Albanian, Turkish (novel Saray Bosna da kabus, Gendas, Istanbul,1998), Polish (drama, Time Out, Dialog, Warszawa, 2006), Czech (novel Dagmar, For Prague, Praha, 2017), Italian, Bulgarian, Sweden, Slovenian (novel Nightmare / Mora, Založba Goga, Novo Mesto, 2003) and Macedonian.
Laureate many Bosnian awards, among which the most important “Hasan Kaimija”, “Skender Kulenovic”, “Fra Grgo Martic”, “Award Writers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina for best book”… and international literary awards, including the PEN Centre Austria Award.
His script for Remake was awarded at the competition of the Ministry of Culture and Sport (1999). For screenplay Nowhere Man he won Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Award for best original screenplay (1999). His script for The Abandoned was a winner at the ex-YU competition of the first edition of CineLink (91 participants), held as part of the 9th Sarajevo Film Festival (2003).
He is a member of PEN Centre Bosnia and Herzegovina, Writers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of Filmmakers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, International Screenwriters' Association and American Screenwriters Association.