Current Opportunities

Translation Week

The National Centre for Writing is collaborating with Cove Park to offer a week-long residency for up to 5 literary translators this autumn.

Translation Week will run from Monday 11th November to Monday 18th November 2019. During the day, participating translators will have time to focus on their own translation projects. In the evenings, there will be opportunities to discuss work in progress with their peers and share any translation challenges they face. Translators in residence will be offered self-catering accommodation and a contribution of £150 towards their travel and living costs.

The residencies will run alongside this year’s Publishing Scotland translation residencies, which welcome two translators of Scottish literature into their working languages to Cove Park (see a separate call for applications here).

We invite applications from literary translators working from any language and genre into English. Please read the Translation Week Application Guidelines fully before applying. The deadline is Sunday 18th August 2019. Successful applicants will be notified on or before Monday 9th September 2019.

Residencies with Passa Porta

in Brussels

The National Centre for Writing is collaborating with Passa Porta and the Flemish Literature Fund to offer a one-month writing residency in Brussels in 2020. The residency is part of an exchange, with the National Centre for Writing hosting a writer from Flanders in Norwich. This residency will offer the writer a quiet place to write. There will also be opportunities to take part in public events in Flanders and Brussels, as well as to meet and collaborate with fellow authors and translators.

This opportunity is open to England-based writers of novels, short stories or poetry, children’s or young adult literature or literary non-fiction. The author must have had at least one work published by a literary publisher (not self-published).

The deadline for applications is Monday 17th June 2019. 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 8th July 2019.

For details about how to apply, download the PDF.

in Norwich

Flemish writers interested in coming to Norwich for a residency in 2020 should check out the call for applications on the Passa Porta website. Deadline is also Monday 17th June 2019. Details on how to apply can be found here.


We have previously organised residencies in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Nippon Foundation, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the Arts Council of Korea. If you want to hear about future residency opportunities, please sign up to our newsletter below.