Current Opportunities

UNESCO City of Literature virtual residency opportunity

The National Centre for Writing, based in Norwich UNESCO City of Literature, is offering three virtual residencies for writers or literary translators from other UNESCO cities of literature in February 2021. During the month-long residency, the virtual writers and translators in residence will be asked to explore connections between Norwich and their own UNESCO city of literature, and to work on a range of commissions. They will receive a fee of £1,500.

The commissions may include:

  • Writing (in your own language) or translating (into English) one short story, essay or series of poems (up to 2000 words) that can be shared on the NCW website;
  • Taking part in an online Meet the World event with the other writers in residence;
  • Recording one podcast with a writer from Norwich UNESCO City of Literature as part of the NCW Writing Life series of podcasts;
  • Contributing your top five writing tips to the writing tips section of the NCW blog;
  • Running a workshop with Lit from the Inside, our youth group exploring the literary arts scene in Norwich and elsewhere;
  • Writing a walk for the Walking Norwich section of the NCW website, which explores the real and imagined city;
  • Providing a reading list of recommended books from your UNESCO City of Literature (available in English or in English translation in the UK) for the NCW website, some of which may be promoted as a package by the Book Hive in Norwich.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an application which should include the following information:

  • Why you are interested in Norwich and this virtual residency opportunity;
  • What you will bring to it and what you hope to get out of it;
  • Your project for exploring connections between Norwich and your UNESCO City of Literature;
  • Your connections with a UNESCO City of Literature;
  • Your CV, including publication record.

Please send your application to residencies@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Monday 16th November 2020.


Brussels with Passa Porta

The National Centre for Writing is collaborating with Passa Porta and Flanders Literature to offer a one-month writing residency in Brussels in spring 2021. The residency is part of an exchange, with the National Centre for Writing hosting writers from Flanders in Norwich in April 2021.

This residency will offer the writer a quiet place to write. However, 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 National Centre for Writing will cover the cost of travel to and from Brussels and Passa Porta will pay a small stipend towards living expenses.

The residency will take place as long as COVID-19 safety measures do not impede its elaboration. If the residency cannot take place, it will be postponed to a later date, which will be mutually agreed upon

This opportunity is open to writers based in England. Writers wishing to apply for the residency should send their application to residencies@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk. Applications should include:

  • a covering letter explaining:
    • why you wish to take part in the residency, what you will bring to it and what you hope to get out of it;
    • a description of the manuscript or project on which you will work;
    • why Brussels, and any Norwich connections;
  • a CV listing your publications in your own language and any translations of your work

The deadline for applications is Monday 16th November 2020. Find out more


Visible Communities: residencies in the cottage at Dragon Hall

We are offering three one-week residencies to UK-based Black and Brown translators working from any language into English, as part of the Visible Communities programme, with support from the Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust. The residency will offer:

  • A week of time to translate
  • A zoom meeting with a mentor – Meena Kandasamy – who can give feedback on your work as well as professional development advice
  • An appearance on our Writing Life Podcast

The residencies will take place in the cottage at Dragon Hall, with appropriate COVID-19 measures in place. The National Centre for Writing will cover the cost of UK travel for the selected translators (with one companion from the translator’s support bubble if requested), a stipend of £250 for the week and a fee of £100 for taking part in the podcast.

If you are interested, please send us:

  • a sample of your translation (up to 2000 words)
  • a description of the manuscript or project on which you will work during the residency
  • a covering letter explaining:
    • why you wish to take part in the residency
    • what you will bring to it
    • what you hope to get out of it
    • what support you would like from the mentor at this stage in your career
  • a CV with publication record (if any)
  • your preferred dates for the residency

The possible one-week residency periods are between 16th November and 11th December 2020, and between 18th January and 29th March 2021.

Please send your application to residencies@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk The deadline for applications is Monday 9th November 2020. The selection process will be carried out by NCW and Meena Kandasamy.


Visible Communities: virtual translators in residence

We would like to appoint up to three virtual translators in residence for the Visible Communities programme from January 2021 onwards. Each residency will be for one day a week over a four-month period. We will pay a fee of £4,000 per residency.

This opportunity will be open to UK-based Black and Brown literary translators who translate from or have some knowledge of the diaspora and heritage language communities within the UK, and who are engaged in the politics and nuances of this line of work. Their role will include:

  • facilitating a sector-facing roundtable discussion and a public-facing event with other translators of colour, acknowledging and exploring their different experiences, challenges and ideas;
  • commissions including a series of podcast interviews and a long-form essay for the NCW website;
  • translating into English one short story, essay or series of poems for the NCW website;
  • advising on the development of the Visible Communities programme, including ideas for new initiatives.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter which should include the following:

  • why you are interested in this opportunity
  • your relevant experience
  • what you will bring to the Visible Communities programme
  • any particular areas of interest or issues you propose to explore during the residency
  • your CV
  • a translation sample (up to 2000 words)
  • your preferred dates for the residency

The possible residency periods are:

  • January to April 2021
  • May to August 2021
  • September to December 2021

Please send your application to residencies@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Monday 16th November 2020. The selection process will be carried out by NCW and our Associate Artist Khairani Barokka.