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.
This residency will be a one month stay for one writer from October 1 – 31, 2020. Travel cost, free lodging in Gröndalshús (Gröndal‘s House) residence flat and a sum of 800 Euros. The flat in Gröndalshús is a fully furnished one bedroom flat with a full kitchen located in the Reykjavík city centre close to cultural venues and the main city attractions. The living/dining area can also be used as a work space. The flat has free wifi. The guest will be responsible for meals and other day to day needs.
- 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.
- Applicants must use this month in Reykjavik for literary work and have an interest in getting to know Reykjavík and Iceland and its culture and literature.
- Whereas the hosts do not make any restrictions on the nature or content of the work being written during the stay, they do ask that the author writes a short text (1-2 A4 pages; prose, reflection, poem etc.) about Reykjavík and/or the stay or the author‘s home city‘s ties to Reykjavik or Icelandic literature. The piece may be translated to Icelandic and used by the Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature, on the programme‘s website, social media channels and/or in a publication dedicated to the residency in the future without further compensation.
- Proficiency in English is required.
1 March 2020