Current Opportunities

Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature

What?
Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies for writers at the Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

When?
May and November, 2020 (one month per residency/applicant).

Who?
The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application. This means the applicant was or has been living in one of the other 39 cities of literature or is related to a city of literature through work. The applicant must have published at least one book of fiction (be it prose, poetry or drama) in their language. There are no restrictions regarding age, race, gender or nationality. Though writers of all genres are currently welcome to apply, a specific focus might be chosen for calls in the following years.

The deadline for applications is 29 February 2020.

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Reykjavík UNESCO  City of Literature

In October 2020, one international children’s fiction writer will be given the opportunity to reside in Gröndal’s House for the course of the month in association with Mýrin – the Reykjavík International Children’s Literature Festival.

What?

Reykjavík, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2011, offers a one month residency for a visiting writer from another UNESCO City of Literature. The 2020 offer is open to published children’s fiction writers from, or affiliated with, any of the other 38 Cities of Literature, writing in any genre.

When?

This residency will be a one month stay for one writer from October 1 – 31, 2020.

Who?

Writers from or with strong ties to any of the 38 other UNESCO Cities of Literature can apply. The applicant must have published at least one work of fiction for children or teenagers (poetry, prose, play or screenwriting). Writers of all ages, gender, nationalities and languages can apply as long as the affiliation with a UNESCO City of Literature is strong.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1 March, 2020.

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Milan UNESCO City of Literature

Milan received its creative city status in 2017. The first residency programme is planned for 2020 and aimed at operators in the book industry: one publisher, one bookseller and one librarian with a registered residence in a UNESCO City of Literature. The residency will run for 10 days from Monday 9 to Thursday 19 March 2020.

The concept of the programme aims to encourage and intensify the links between Creative Cities, as well as to develop long lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. The project will include meetings between the guests and the analogous representatives of the Milanese publishing and cultural world. Specifically, an important opportunity for discussion will be given by the participation of the guests at the Stelline convention.

 The deadline for applications is Sunday 19 January 2020.

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