The National Centre for Writing is collaborating with Passa Porta and the Flemish Literature Fund to offer a writing residency in Brussels in 2019. The residency, which is open to writers based in England, will run from 29 April until 27 May 2019.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 September 2018.

Passa Porta is a multilingual house of literature at the heart of fashionable Brussels, providing a showcase, a platform and a work-place for literature. It includes a literary salon, a multilingual bookshop, a corner for reading, conversation and rendezvous, space for workshops, offices, and a flat for a writer in residence. Passa Porta has a broad network of contacts with the press, publishers, translators and cultural organisations in Belgium and abroad.

This residency will offer the writer a quiet place where they can withdraw to work on a manuscript. There will be the opportunity to take part in public events in Flanders and Brussels, as well as to meet and collaborate with fellow authors and translators.

The writer in residence will be expected to devote most of their time in Brussels to working on a manuscript. In their letter of application, they should present a concise and concrete plan of work regarding their stay. The author will be asked to mention Passa Porta in the final publication of the manuscript they worked on during their stay.

Passa Porta will invite the writer to leave a ‘literary trace’ of his or her stay – in other words, a short text of fiction (1000 words), rooted partially in reality. The text will be published on the website and may be used by Passa Porta in future publications to promote the residence project.

Travel and accommodation

The writer will be offered free accommodation in a self-catering flat at the Passa Porta house of literature. This distinctive and comfortable flat has a floor area of 90 sq. m. and looks out over the picturesque Oude Graanmarkt (Old Grain Market). Its entrance is separate from that of Passa Porta and is on the Oude Graanmarkt, close to the Grand Place.

The flat comprises a living room, a study, a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen. It is equipped with an internet connection, printer, television and if required a laptop. A telephone is available at the guest’s expense.

The National Centre for Writing will cover the cost of travel to and from Brussels and will pay a small stipend towards living expenses. The writer should take out their own travel and health insurance for the period of their journey and stay.

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to writers based in England.

It is open to writers of novels, short stories or poetry, children’s or young adult literature or literary non-fiction. Authors working on a manuscript as part of academic research do not qualify. The author must have had at least one work published by a literary publisher (not self-published).

Writers wishing to apply for the residency should send their application to residencies@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk. It should include a covering letter explaining:

  • Why they wish to take part in the residency, what they will bring to it and what they hope to get out of it
  • A description of the manuscript or project on which they will work
  • Why Brussels, and any Norwich connections
  • A curriculum vitae listing publications in their own and other languages
  • A short sample of their writing

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 September 2018. The selection will be carried out jointly by Passa Porta and the National Centre for Writing, and the successful applicant will be informed by Monday 1 October 2018.

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