Maja Hrgović (Split, 1980) is a journalist and author. She graduated in Croatian and English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She also studied Theatrology and Women’s Studies. A member of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), she won her first award for excellence in journalism in 2009. For her prose book The One Who Cares Less, Wins she won the national literature award Kiklop, and for her play Beautiful Ruins she received the Marin Držić Award.
She is the only female Croatian author included in the prestigious international English-speaking magazine The Granta Magazine. Among numerous regional and international anthologies that include her work, one of the most important ones is the Best European Fiction Anthology 2012. Her stories “Zlatka” and “Return” have been made into short films, and the latter premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. “Return” is an excerpt from Maja’s novel We’re Going to Life Better, nominated for the EU Prize for Literature in 2015.