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The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award 2024

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award 2024

Are you between 15 and 17 and have a passion for writing?

MoLI,  Museum of Modern Literature  are now accepting applications from young writers aged 15 – 17 years for the Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award 2024. By applying, you will be in with a chance to secure a FREE place on a five-day creative writing retreat during the summer in Dublin, from 8 – 12 July 2024, alongside other teenagers. There are 15 places up for the taking!

The writing mentor  for 2024 will be revealed shortly – so keep an ear out. Previous mentors include Alan Mc Monagle, Sarah Maria Griffin, Colm Keegan and Jessica Traynor.

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award welcomes applications from young writers from all over Ireland and encourages applications from a diversity of ethnic and/or cultural groups including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, working-class and LGBTQI+.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 5 March at 10 pm. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on 9th May 2024.

The Edna O’Brien Young Writers Award is governed by MoLI’s Child Protection Policy.


Kuhmo City of Literature: Writing Competition for 15-21 year old writers


Kuhmo City, Kuhmo Town Library and Kuhmo’s City of Literature programme invites 15 -21 year old writers of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network to share their thoughts on the meaning of mother language. Let’s celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity together!

This competition is open to 15–21-year-old writers, who live in a city that is member of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network. If you are unsure of whether your home city is a member, you can check it here:

Don’t hesitate to take part, this competition is meant for all writers! There are no requirements for the level of experience, educational background, or other qualifications. Whether you are a young author who has already published their first work, or someone who’s starting their first ever creative writing course, this opportunity is meant for you.

The winner will receive a prize of €400.  They will also have the opportunity to perform their text a a public literary event organised by Kuhmo’s City of Literature Team. Writers on the second and third placement will be awarded with books.

Closing date the 29th of March.   

The winner will be announced on the 23rd of April.


Callout for Submissions: Words Upside Down at ILFD 2024

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) is now seeking proposals for its 2024 programme edition responding to the theme of Words Upside Down.

Artists, creative practitioners and collectives from all arts backgrounds are invited to submit event proposals responding to the theme and suitable for presentation at ILFD’s new tented literary village in one of Dublin City’s finest parks, Merrion Square.

This year  ILFD encourage proposals which embrace curiosity and wonder, spark conversation or new ways of listening. They  are especially interested in work that will bring its audience in close contact with either the natural or the artificial world (or both). They are looking for work that will thrill, challenge, and empower audiences; above all, they welcome concepts that break away from traditional literary event format.

Only applications from artists based on the island of Ireland can be accepted. Proposals which cater for audiences ages 16+ are welcome. Successful applicants will be supported by the festival team to bring their ideas to life during this year’s programme which will be presented in Dublin City’s Merrion Square Park, running 17 – 26 May 2024.

Deadline for applications is Monday 11th of March, 5pm.


Tartu City of Literature residency – Call for 2024 applications


Tartu is the second largest town of Estonia but is widely considered its intellectual capital – vitally significant in developing the educational system, culture, science and literature in the Estonian language. In 2015 Tartu was designated UNESCO City of Literature, further enhancing
the vibrant literary scene. Tartu City of Literature residency program aims to increase international exchange and communication, contribute to the mobility of writers and translators, offer a creative and inspiring environment, and provide writers an opportunity to introduce their
work to Estonian readers. The programme is open to all writers and translators (translating from Estonian to other languages) from across the world, who meet the criteria.

This call is for a 2-month residency period April-May 2024. One applicant will be selected.
The deadline for applications is February 20th. The results will be announced by March 4th at the latest.

The announcement will be published on Tartu City of Literature website and Facebook page.
What we offer:
● 2-month stay at the Karl Ristikivi residency apartment
● A scholarship of 600 euros per month
● Compensation for travel costs to and from Tartu up to 350 euros
● An opportunity to get engaged in the cultural scene of Tartu and to perform at different events, including Tartu International Literary Festival Prima Vista taking place May 6th-12th 2024.
● A contact person who is responsible for making arrangements for performances,
meetings and tours and helps to engage in the local literary life
How to apply:
● Fill in the online application form available HERE
● Please upload a fragment (up to 5 pages) of a published text (in Estonian or English) or a fragment of a published translation (from Estonian into another language) in the respective section of the form.

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Additional information:

Marja Unt
Estonian Literary Society/Tartu UNESCO City of Literature focal point

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Small Grants Scheme 2024


Dublin UNESCO City of Literature supported by Dublin City Council provides small grants up to a maximum of €5,000 to individuals and organisations which contribute to the promotion of literature in the City.

We are particularly interested in projects that:

  • display innovation and diversity,
  • prioritise free and accessible events for the public.

Funding is available for activities/ projects that take place  during 2024.

We are committed to allocating our limited resources across as many organisations as possible and this may mean that recipients who have been successful in receiving funding in the past may not necessarily be allocated a grant again in 2024. It may however be possible for a partial grant to be given so it is useful for us if you break down your submission into constituent parts to enable us to identify where we may be able to assist in some way.


Please email the completed form to

Grant Application Form 2024

Writer in the Park. Ljubljana City of Literature International Residency

Writer in the Park. Ljubljana City of Literature International Residency. Open Call.

This deadline has now closed.

Deadline for submissions: January 10, 2024.

Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies for writers at the Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

Ljubljana bursts with a vibrant art scene and offers an array of diverse literary events from alternative performances to big international festivals. The highly regarded residency, established in 2018, offers peace and quiet for uninterrupted writing, yet it also offers the possibility to actively engage in the city’s literary life.

Note: Part of the application is a mandatory letter of recommendation, signed by an organization from your chosen City of Literature. A Google account is required for the file upload to work.

One month per residency/applicant. Possible periods are as follows (dates cannot be changed, but a shorter stay is possible if necessary as a result of travel arrangements):

  • March 1–31, 2024
  • November 1–30, 2024 

For more information 

One Dublin One Book 2024

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that Snowflake by Louise Nealon is the One Dublin One Book choice for 2024, following on from The Coroner’s Daughter by Andrew Hughes in 2023.

One Dublin One Book aims to encourage everyone in Dublin to read a designated book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This annual project is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, which encourages reading for pleasure. Announcing the choice, Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, said:

“A debut novel, Snowflake from Louise Nealon is a tender story of a college student from the country adjusting to her new life in Dublin. Raw, yet affirming, this book will appeal to all readers as it explores life’s milestones, family, mental health and how we ultimately connect with others while facing big challenges. I am excited about reaching new audiences with this book and generating discussion among readers in the city and beyond next April.”   Continue reading

Iceland Writer’s Retreat Full/Partial Scholarships Available

Scholarship applications for the 2024 Iceland Writers Retreat are available and are due October 31, 2023 by 11:59 pm GMT. 

It is free to apply.

The Iceland Writers Retreat (IWR) will be held in Reykjavik, a UNESCO City of Literature, from April 24-28, 2024. At the IWR, participants gather for small group workshops on the craft of writing led by esteemed faculty.

In 2024 the faculty will include: Jeannette Walls, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Meg Wolitzer, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Phil Klay, Omar El Akkad, Frida Isberg, Vivek Shraya, Deirdre Mask, Nicole Krauss, and others.   Continue reading

Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature 3 Month Artist/Writer’s Residency


Residents of Dublin and other UNESCO Cities of Literature are invited to apply for a Writer/Artist Residency in Dilsberg, provided by Heidelberg UNESCO of Literature.
Candidates have the possibility to apply as team of two artists (grant holder and co-fellow) as 2 sleeping rooms are available (individual application is necessary).
The co-recipient should also have his/her own artistic expertise, which has not necessarily to be in the literary field (could be translation for instance, but also such as music, visual arts, performing arts, film, etc.).
Both artistic personalities have to demonstrate an artistic or interdisciplinary cooperation and should be personally well acquainted to each other. While the grant holder has to, it is not essential that the co-grantee is coming from a UNESCO City of Literature.
The co-grantee will be provided with the same financial resources as the grant holder.
The artists in residence share a kitchenette and a bathroom in the fully furnished apartment.
The apartment is unfortunately not accessible for disabled persons.
Total value max. € 3,750 per person:
Subsistence allowance of € 1,350 per person (€ 15 per day)
Monthly allowance/pocket money of € 750 per person
Additional benefits
Travel allowance (international flights, economy class) of up to € 1,000
Public transportation ticket for the Rhine-Neckar public transport network (VRN) limited to the duration of the stay
Application requirements
Kitchenette (Photo: Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis)
Registered residence in a UNESCO City of literature (main grant holder)
Publication of at least one book (prose, essay, narration, poetry, etc.) by an official/independent publisher (main grant holder)
Good to very good knowledge of German and/or English language.
Willingness to participate in local literary life (Dilsberg or Heidelberg) e.g. talks with protagonist of the regional literary scene arranged by the grant donors.
Further details and to apply:…/writers+in+residence…