Residency opportunities


Bucheon, UNESCO City of Literature

Bucheon, City of Literature is delighted to announce an open call for the Bucheon Residency Program to offer two residencies for writers, translators and cartoonists in October-November (4-6 weeks), 2021, hoping that many creative talents who have been interested in Korean culture will get involved.

This year, we are seeking to work with writers who have diaspora experiences (ex. published diaspora works or taken part in diaspora-related activities) in connection with the inaugural Bucheon Diaspora Literary Award to be held in October, 2021.

Literary artists who have a connection with the member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network are encouraged to apply for the second edition of the residency program. The deadline for applications is Sunday 11 April 2021.

Full details of the residency opportunity can be found here

Translation in Motion

Residencies for translators from the Western Balkans

We are delighted to partner with the RECIT network and the Translation in Motion consortium to offer a month-long residency in Norwich to a literary translator working from English into the languages of the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia). 

During their residency, the translator is expected to work intensively on their literary translation project, using the time to research and translate. We will introduce them to local translators, writers and the literary community in Norwich, including the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia. The translator in residence will have the opportunity to attend events celebrating International Translation Day 2021. We will offer:

  • Four weeks in the cottage, from Monday 6th September to Friday 1st October 2021
  • A stipend for living expenses for the month
  • Economy class travel to Norwich

The deadline for applications is Friday 30 April 2021. Download application guidelines here

Virtual Writer Residencies at the Festival of Libraries

Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Literature Festival are offering two virtual writer residencies to take place this June during the Festival of Libraries.

During the three week residency, writers will be hosted by one of Manchester’s historic libraries with the opportunity to explore their online collections and archives, meet librarians to find out more about Manchester’s literary heritage and collections, and enjoy virtual tours of the city. During the residency, writers will be encouraged to share their experience of the city with Manchester’s literary community via social media, to take part in other meetings and talks including sharing their work and their influences, and to produce a new piece of writing responding to Manchester or links between the city and their own UNESCO City of Literature. There is a fee of £1,500 for each residency. The residencies are open to published writers with strong links to a UNESCO City of Literature.

The activity during the residency may include:

  • Writing in English or translating into English a short story, essay or series of poems (up to 2000 words) inspired by the residency that can be shared on the Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Literature Festival websites.
  • An online talk as part of the Festival of Libraries about your work and the writers and libraries that have inspired you
  • Meeting a writing group from Manchester online
  • Presenting a virtual tour of your city, either as an illustrated talk, audio recording or self-recorded film.
  • A conversation with a Manchester host or writer about your residency and the work you produced. This could be pre-recorded digitally or livestreamed in October as part of Manchester Literature Festival’s 2021 Festival.

The deadline for applications is Monday 10 May.

Full details of the residency opportunity can be found here