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Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature call for applications for the International Residency Programme for writers.

Open call for the International Writers Residency in Gröndals House Reykjavík.

Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature announces the 2024 call for applications for the International Residency Programme for writers.
The Programme is dedicated to all writers, editors, translators and poets having at least one published book working currently on a writing. The Residency Programme is a perfect opportunity to professionalise writing skills, find the optimal conditions for creative work, and present your own writing to a new audience.

What we offer:
In 2024 the Residency Programme in Reykjavík will offer the writer a two-week stay in the following period of the year:

October 1 – 14

Residents will stay at Gröndal’s House in the centre of old town in Reykjavík

Besides a stipend of 650 euros we cover transportation costs to and from Reykjavík The Reykjavík City of Literature will guarantee residents the opportunity to participate in the literary life of the city and help to develop opportunities for them to promote their works in Iceland.

The call for applications for 2024 is now open.

The deadline for application submission is June 14,2024.

For More Information 

Call for UNESCO City of Literature Wonju Residency 2024

Wonju City of Literature offers a chance for one writer from cities of literature to come to Wonju and stay at Toji Cultural Centre for eight weeks.

Please send your application only to wonjucityoflit@korea.kr  no later than May 31

Download Call for UNESCO City of Literature Wonju Residency (121 MB, PDF)

Residency Call Details
• Closing Date of Application: May 31
• Announcement of Successful Recipient: Before June 27
• Place for Residency: Toji Cultural Centre
• Residency Duration: Eight weeks
• Initiating Date of Residency: September 1
• Ending Date of Residency: October 31
• Round-trip Air Ticket Provided
• Transportation on arrival and departure dates provided
• Organic meals are provided at the cafeteria of Toji Cultural Centre
(For other details, please refer to ※ Note below at the end.)
• Writing Room: One Room at Toji Cultural Centre provided

How to Apply
1. Let us know about yourself
2. Let us know about your literary works, achievements, awards, etc
3. Let us know about your literary world
4. Let us know about why you would like to come to Wonju

Please note that those interested in the Residency have to write only MS-Word document of more than 1,000 words but not more than 2,000 words(in font size 11 to 12), reflecting all the subjects numbered above. Disproportionate emphasis on only one or two subjects is not encouraged. Balanced approach to each subject is highly recommended.

Application not meeting 1,000 words or exceeding 2,000 words will result in a removal from the consideration. Besides, for fair assessment, additional portfolio and materials will not be accepted and they will not be either considered. Also, please do not forget to write in the document in which country and which city of literature you are currently living. If you are not currently living in a city of literature but if you are able to provide a reliable source of evidence suggesting you have lived in a city of literature and you are able to prove it, the application will be considered, all of which, however, will be verified through the contact with a focal point or coordinator of the city of literature once a final pick is done. And, the residency opportunity does not roll over to the next year even if the selected writer is not able to fly to Korea to stay at Toji Cultural Centre. In this case, the other writer that will be selected by Toji Cultural Centre will take the chance.

Language and Level
English is a must and applicants should possess the minimum command of B2 level for communication.

Selection and Notification
We will go through the 2nd phase of assessment based on the submitted document. One final recipient for the Residency will be decided by an independent panel designated by Toji Cultural Centre. Final notification will be available to both the recipient and the coordinator before June 27.

Requirements during Residency
There are no requirements whatsoever for a successful writer during his/her/their stay. We want the recipient just to relax and engage in his/her/their creative activity as much and comfortably as possible in such a tranquil environment around Toji Cultural Centre during the Residency. Korean writers and artists will stay at Toji Cultural Centre during the same period, and the writer is highly recommended to form friendship with them during his/her/their stay. Approximately sixteen up to nineteen writers and artists from Korea and also outside of Korea will stay at Toji Cultural Centre from September 1 to October 31. Just like other writers and artists, the selected recipient should follow the rules of living established at Toji Cultural Centre.

Please send your application only to wonjucityoflit@korea.kr no later than May 31.

 

 

Granada UNESCO City of Literature Writers in Residence Programme 2024

Granada UNESCO City of Literature Office are thrilled  to announce the open call for Granada Writers in Residence Programme for next November 2024.

The Granada International Writers-in-Residence Program is dedicated to writers living in any country and writing in any language.

Granada City of Literature UNESCO and the University of Granada will provide the writers-in-residence with opportunities to participate in the literary life of the city of Granada and contacts with local writers, as well as the possibility of participating in workshops and pedagogical activities. Knowledge of the Spanish language will be highly valued, although it will not be essential. 

Closing date for application submissions, June 20, 2024. Winners will be made public on July 24, 2024.

For more information click HERE 

Kraków UNESCO City of Literature announces the 2024 call for applications for the International Residency Program for writers.

The call for applications for 2024 is now open. The deadline for application submission is the 31st of May.

The Program is dedicated to all emerging writers, and poets having at least one published book working currently on a writing project and are willing to learn more about the Polish literary community. The Residency Program is a perfect opportunity to professionalize writing skills, find the optimal conditions for creative work, and present your own writing to a  new audience.

What we offer:

In 2024 the Residency Program in Krakow will offer the writer a two-month stay in the following period of the year:

1st September – 31st October

Residents will stay at the apartment of Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet and Nobel Prize laureate.

Besides the stipend (2700 PLN gross/month) we cover transportation costs to and from Krakow. The Krakow Festival Office will guarantee residents the opportunity to participate in the literary life of the city and help to develop opportunities for them to promote their works in Poland.

What we expect:

  • Connection with any UNESCO City of Literature outside of Poland.
  • At least one published book (fiction or non-fiction), a poetry collection, screenplay or theatre script by the applicant.
  • Work on a literary project during the residency.
  • Upper-intermediate level of spoken English.
  • Interest in the Central European region.
  • Readiness to participate in the literary life of Krakow, including events, meetings promotional interviews and engagements, and festivals, where applicable.
  • Residents will be asked to write a text (work of fiction or non-fiction) that will feature the City of Krakow (min. 6 000 to max. 11 000 characters with spaces) in some fashion and will be used in the future, published collection for promotional purposes.

Required documents listed below should be sent to: residencies@miastoliteratury.pl

  • Application form:HERE 
  • Extract from a published text (in Polish or English), no more than 2 pages in length.
  • Biography/CV
  • Optional: recommendation letter, letter of motivation

Deadline

To submit an application, please fill out the application form along with the required documents by May 31st 2023.

In case of inquiries, please contact Elżbieta Foltyniak, elzbieta.foltyniak@kbf.krakow.pl

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.
Benefits
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: https://www.heidelberg.de/…/writers+in+residence…

PRAGUE – UNESCO City of Literature 2024 Residency

PRAGUE – UNESCO City of Literature

Two-month residency 2024 for writers and translators

The project Prague City of Literature offers residency stays for foreign writers and translators. There are eight residencies available for 2024, each lasts two months.
Prague City of Literature reimburses the resident for a return ticket, provides accommodation for free and a stipend of CZK 15,000 (approx. 600 euro) per month.
Apply by Thursday, August 31, 2023

For more details click here

Tartu City of Literature residency – Call for 2023 applications

TARTU UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOR THE TRANSLATORS OF ESTONIAN LITERATURE

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 which has further enhanced the vibrant literary scene.

Tartu City of Literature residency program for the translators of Estonian literature aims to support translators by enabling them to work in the local cultural environment, strengthen their connection with the literary scene of Tartu and potentially get better access to the resources necessary for their work. The programme is open to all translators (translating literature from Estonian into other languages) from across the world, who meet the criteria described below and are currently not residents of Estonia.

The Estonian Literary Society coordinates the residency program in cooperation with the Tartu Department of the Estonian Writers Union and in partnership with various other literary institutions. The programme is supported by the City of Tartu and the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

This call is for a 1-month residency in September 2023. One applicant will be selected.
The deadline for applications is July 20th.  The results will be announced by August 4th at the latest.

What we offer:

● 1-month stay at the former Karl Ristikivi Museum. Karl Ristikivi (1912–1977) was a renowned Estonian writer whose works are considered among the core texts of 20th-century Estonian prose. The apartment, owned by the City of Tartu and currently managed by the Estonian Literary Society, was his last residence in Estonia before his exile in Sweden in 1943. The historical atmosphere of the apartment has been preserved but all modern facilities are available. The gas-heated apartment is on the first floor of the two-story house in a quiet residential district near the city centre.
● A scholarship of 600 euros
● Compensation for travel costs to and from Tartu up to 350 euros
● An opportunity to get engaged in the cultural scene of Tartu
● A contact person who is responsible for making arrangements for meetings and tours and helps to engage in the local literary life

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Required documents (to be sent by July 20th 2023 to the address eks@kirjandus.ee

● Application form filled out:   Available here
● Fragment (up to 5 pages) of a published translation (from Estonian into another
language)
Criteria
● Upper intermediate level of spoken English or Estonian
● At least one published translation from Estonian into another language by the applicant
● Interest in Estonian culture and literature
● Readiness to participate in the local literary life, including events (at least one public talk,discussion etc during the residency), meetings, interviews
● Work on translation(s) during the residency 

Click here for details in Estonian

Additional information:Marja Unt
Estonian Literary Society/Tartu UNESCO City of Literature focal point
eks@kirjandus.ee