Current Opportunities

Singaporean writers and translators, Norwich UNESCO City of Literature

The National Centre for Writing and the National Arts Council of Singapore are jointly offering fully-paid residency awards for Singaporean writers and translators in 2019.

One Singaporean writer will be offered a month-long residency at Dragon Hall in June 2019, with time to write and research and opportunities to network with the local literary community.

One Singaporean translator will be offered a month-long residency in July 2019 to work on a translation from Chinese, Malay or Tamil into English, working with a UK-based mentor. The translator will also participate in the International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School, run by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with NCW.

The deadline for both residencies is 7th April 2019. Full details are available on the National Arts Council of Singapore website.


Gröndal‘s House, Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature

For the first time Reykjavík, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2011, offers a one month residency for a visiting writer from another UNESCO City of Literature. The offer is open to published fiction writers from, or affiliated with, any of the other 27 Cities of Literature, writing in any genre.

This first residency will be a one month stay for one writer from October 1 – 31, 2019.

The deadline for applications is April 23rd 2019. Full information including entry requirements can be found on the Reykjavik City of Literature website.


Dutch author at Dragon Hall, Norwich UNESCO City of Literature

The National Centre for Writing is partnering with the Dutch Foundation for Literature to celebrate the legacy of the shared history of Norwich and the Netherlands by offering a one-month residency at Dragon Hall in October 2019 to a Dutch writer. Priority will be given to talented writers who are working on their second or third book. In your application, please let us know why a residency in Norwich will be important for your work and your development as a writer.

The deadline for applications is 1st May 2019. Full information about the residency and the application process are available on the Dutch Foundation for Literature website.


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.