The Lord Provost’s International Residency has been announced

The Lord Provost’s International Residency has been announced

June 22, 2018

Edinburgh City of Literature Trust and the Lord Provost are delighted to announce an exciting international residency opportunity for 2018. To celebrate Edinburgh’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature and its relationship with its Polish Partner City, Krakow, a month-long residency will be held in Scotland’s capital in November 2018 for a writer from Krakow.

The selected writer will be invited to spend four weeks in Edinburgh to develop their own creative practice in the beautiful surroundings of the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. They’ll be invited to meet some of our key organisations, and help promote the literary links between our two cities.

As part of the residency package, supported by the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, the writer will be staying at The Place Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. They will be offered accommodation in one of the literary suites, with space to relax and create.

We are also working in partnership with the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, who are offering a Community Fellowship to the selected writer. This means office space and full access to the libraries and many of the resources available in an institution which first opened its gates to students in 1583, and has since been home to some of Europe’s finest thinkers and writers.

The residency will be a fantastic opportunity to develop the strong relationship between the creative communities of the two cities.

Applications

We are looking for a writer who would like to explore Edinburgh in their creative practice, who is comfortable meeting new groups of people and talking about their work and willing to commit four weeks to their work and this residency. Being published is not a requirement, but your covering letter should demonstrate a sustained commitment to writing.

We would like to hear from novelists, short story writers, playwrights, screenwriters, game writers… tell us how you make stories happen, and what you could gain from a residency in Edinburgh.

You will be required to:

  • Produce a short summary of your time in Edinburgh, including your impressions of the city and any learning points to take back to Krakow.
  • Meet (with the Edinburgh City of Literature Team) representatives from four of our key organisations.
  • Talk about their writing project at an IASH seminar during their residency.
  • Partake in some press opportunities. (with support from the Edinburgh City of Literature)

Applications should be in English and addressed to [email protected]. Please use the subject header Lord Provost International Residency and include:

  • A sample of written work (in English) of up to 1,500 words
  • A covering letter (one side of A4 max) detailing your writing experience and why you would be interested in this opportunity.
  • Contact details, including your social media details

The International Residency is open for applications from the 17th June – 27th July 2018

Rules and conditions

  1. Your entry should include a sample of your writing in English of up to 1,500 words. If this has been published, please give us details of where and when. These extracts will only be read by the judging panel and will not be used as part of the marketing of this opportunity. The work must be your own; work which you’ve written with someone else will not be accepted.
  2. All entrants must be aged 18 or over by 1st November 2018.
  3. All entrants must have, or be able to get, a valid passport by 1st November 2018.
  4. All entrants are required to have at least a C1 level English language proficiency.
  5. Your contact details will be stored securely by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and will only be used to update you on this opportunity and the application process. Once we have selected the winning entrant and confirmed their acceptance, we will contact everyone else to let them know they have been unsuccessful and will then delete their contact details. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about our GDPR policy.
  6. If you have any access requirements, or need any additional support during the residency, please let us know in a separate document and email [email protected]. This will not be viewed in conjunction with your submission, and will not affect your chances of being selected, but will help us make sure we do everything we can to make your residency successful if you’re chosen.
  7. Applicants are required to have at least a C1 level English language proficiency, as there will be a number of public engagements in English. However, you are not required to write in English when writing your own work during the residency.
  8. The Edinburgh City of Literature Trust reserves the right to withdraw its offer of the residency if the candidate is found to have not met any of the above criteria.
  9. We will not be able to offer individual feedback on submissions.
  10. By applying for the residency, you are confirming that you understand the requirements to:
  • Produce a short summary of your time in Edinburgh, including your impressions of the city and any learning points to take back to Krakow.
  • Meet (with the Edinburgh City of Literature Team) representatives from four of our key organisations.
  • Talk about their writing project at an IASH seminar during their residency.
  • Partake in some press opportunities. (with support from the Edinburgh City of Literature)