International Opportunities for Writers and Literary Professionals

The UNESCO Cities of Literature Network, composed of 28 cities around the world, offers writers and literary professionals a range of international opportunities from residencies to festivals, grants to submissions in literary magazines. All this can help to showcase one’s work, integrate with a global community and gain international experience through mobility. We encourage everyone to take a look — there’s something here for everybody!


The UNESCO Cities of Literature offer residency programmes to writers and creators. Emerging and professional writers, translators, reporters and journalists are all encouraged to enjoy a vast choice of residencies.


Faber – an arts, sciences and humanities residency programme for writers, translators, playwrights, actors, musicians, film-makers, photographers, visual artists, historians, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, journalists, scientists, biologists, economists, lawyers, and any and all cultural activists. There are six 4-week Faber residency programmes each year. More information can be found here

Jiwar Creació i Societat – the Jiwar Residency Programme is intended for non-Western writers and artists, as well as artists facing political persecution and seeking asylum amid hostility at home. More information can be found here


The Writers’ Residence in Gunnarshús – this residency programme is organised by the Writers’ Union of Iceland and offers 1-to-8-week residencies for writers and translators for a small fee. More information can be found here

Residency House at Gröndalshús a charming former home of writer, illustrator and scholar Benedikt Gröndal (1826-1907), located in the heart of the old town in Reykjavík. It is open as a cultural house and residency, run by the Reykjavík City of Literature. It houses a residency flat for visiting writers, artists, scholars and translators of Icelandic literature who want to work in Reykjavik. It can be rented for a period of 2 – 8 weeks for a fee. More information can be found here

Iceland Writers Retreat – a five day paid retreat, during which each participant is enrolled in a total of five two-hour small-group writing workshops led by internationally acclaimed authors, a Q&A panel with all faculty, and numerous readings and social functions. Traditionally organized annually in April. More information can be found here


The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program – a 10-week residency programme intended mainly for beginner writers and writers who wish to develop their careers, non-fiction writers, poets, playwrights and scriptwriters. Candidates should have at least one published book and works published in anthologies or literary magazines over the last two years. More information can be found here


Óbidos Creative Residences – The creative residences are property of the Municipality of Óbidos and aim to welcome projects considered of importance within the scope of the strategy developed. They seek new contemporary approaches that connect with the memories, traditions, experiences and history of the region or municipality. Projects should point in the direction of revealing memories, both human and patrimonial, or to promote other works, upholding the identity of the region.

The programme offers short-term residences (1-6 months). Call for proposals are all year around. More information can be found here


Seresin Landfall Residency – this residency programme is open to over-21 writers who published at least one book, irrespective of their preferred genre. Candidates should submit a cover letter with a description of the project which they intend to carry out during the residency, a CV and approx. 20 pages of an exemplary work.

More information can be found here


The Prague – UNESCO City of Literature Residency Programme – intended for writers from other UNESCO Cities of Literature and offers an 8-week stay in the Czech Republic’s capital. Candidates are required to have at least one published work or at least two radio broadcasts or at least one staged or published theatre play or at least one translated Czech work. Interest in Prague’s culture and willingness to participate in local literary life will be an advantage. More information can be found here


Tartu Artist in Residence – this project is implemented in cooperation with the Tartu municipal authorities and the local creative community. By providing accommodation, working conditions and institutional support, the programme supports intercultural contacts, openness and creativity, and promotes Tartu as the City of Good Thoughts. Tartu Artist in Residence is open to talented people of all areas of creativity. An open call is announced once a year, usually in late August. More information can be found here


Goethe Institut’s residency programmes – Goethe Institut’s residency programmes are aimed at creating space for new perspectives and giving artists and employees of cultural institutions possibilities of longer stays and work in a different country and culture. Goethe Institut offers residencies in various cities across the globe. More information can be found here

Writers in Residence – this residency programme is organised by Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature. More information can be found here


Fellowships Programme for International Visitors – a scholarship programme of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities for academic scholars in art, humanities or social studies. More information can be found here


Granada Writers in Residence Programme (Granada) – Granada UNESCO City of Literature’s residency programme, where every year two young promising UCCN writers are offered a monthly stay between 20 October and 20 November. More information can be found here


Ljubljana International Literary Residency – Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature offers two month-long residencies (September and November, one month per residency/applicant) for UCCN authors at the newly restored Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, a cultural, educational and social hub located in the beautiful central park of Ljubljana—situated just a few steps from the city centre. For more information on terms and what we offer write to:


ViVaVostok – German-speaking Europe is barely aware of the modern children’s and youth literature emerging in Central and Eastern Europe. ViVaVostok serves the best CEE authors as gateway to the German-speaking world. The aim of the project is to financially support innovative organisers of children’s and youth literature events so that they can present CEE literary work to the general public. ViVaVostok encourages young readers to immerse themselves in unknown worlds, participate in author meetings held in foreign languages and enter the magical domain of literary imagination. The project is also aimed at publishing literary work in German. More information can be found here

Tandem Europe – Tandem Europe supports 30 pioneer culture managers from all 28 EU Member States in attaining new strategic levels of operation. The programme supports their organisations in establishing new channels of strategic cooperation with top creative minds from other countries. Tandem Europe is intended for EU-based seekers of creative solutions for social innovation. It stimulates strategic thinking in transforming cultural organisations and helps create and maintain innovative effects across sectors and disciplines, and explores creative solutions to our societies’ current challenges. More information can be found here

Supporting Travel for Engaged Partnerships (STEP) – STEP travel grants support creative and critical cultural workers who travel across Europe and its neighbours to foster social solidarity, equality and social justice. More information can be found here

The Visegrad Fund – the Fund’s objective is to facilitate and promote developing closer cooperation between V4 citizens and institutions, especially in the Western Balkans and eastern partner regions. The Fund operates several grant programmes, and awards individual scholarships and art residencies. More information can be found here

The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation – this Foundation provides financial support to Polish-German projects. More information can be found here

British Council – this worldwide British organisation champions cultural ties i.a. experience sharing between artists, and educational opportunities. More information can be found here

UK Research Councils – this organisation’s objective is to support international cooperation by initiating the development of long-term relations between UK and non-UK researchers. More information can be found here

Speculative Literature Foundation – this non-profit organisation is focused on the speculative fiction (science-fiction, fantasy, horror) community. The Foundation’s aim is to help promising young writers, support established writers, facilitate the functioning and improve the quality of literary press, and promote speculative fiction among international audiences. More information can be found here

Jan Michalski Foundation – the Foundation’s mission is to support literary output and improve reading rates through various initiatives and activities. The Foundation promotes and supports literary projects, mainly by providing funding. More information can be found here

PACCAR Foundation – PACCAR earmarked USD 200 mln for educational, social service and art-related grants. More information can be found here

Nordic Culture Point (NCP) – NCP supports high-quality cultural and artistic projects which contribute to developing Nordic culture through cooperation, mobility and art residency programmes. More information can be found here

The Know-how Exchange Programme (KEP) – is an instrument supporting projects and programmes focused on the transfer of know-how and best practices from EU to non-EU CEI Member States. More information can be found here

Mobility First! – a programme of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) which supports Asian-European artistic and cultural cooperation. More information can be found here

The Creative Force Programme – a programme of the Swedish Institute which funds cooperation initiatives which bring together Swedish and international organisations. Winning projects should be aimed at strengthening democracy and freedom of expression in Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Russia. More information can be found here

UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture – UNESCO operates a few financial aid programmes targeted at initiatives related to specific fields, activities and target groups. The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture is UNESCO’s only cultural fund which is aimed directly at individuals, especially artists and authors. More information can be found here


Writers Victoria Online writing courses – a Melbourne-based initiative which offers a variety of tailored online creative writing courses. More information can be found here

Emerging Translator Mentorship – a Norwich-based mentoring programme for young translators who translate into English, especially from languages with are under-represented in the English-speaking world. The Programme foresees 6-months of work under the supervision of a mentor, who shares his or her knowledge of various aspects of a professional translator’s life. More information can be found here



Digital Writers’ Festival – The Digital Writers’ Festival is an online-first events program dedicated to celebrating the work of Australian writers and fostering new relationships through international collaborations. More information can be found here


Lviv International Literature Festival – one of the most important cultural events in Ukraine. It is Ukraine’s largest and the only one literature festival, one of the most popular festivals in Central and Eastern Europe. Lviv International Literature Festival has taken place since 1997, since 2001 with foreigners participation, since 2006 – as a full-scale International Literary Festival within the framework of Lviv International Bookfair. More information can be found here

International Literary Festival Prima VistaThe aim of the festival is to promote literature, to enrich cultural life in Estonia and also to introduce foreign literatures in order to support the building of cultural bridges between different cultural communities. More information can be found here


The University of East Anglia Festival – first literary festival took place in 1991 and over the last twenty five years we have welcomed a host of award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators, scientists, economists, broadcasters and more. More information can be found here


International Literature Festival Dublin – founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthrall. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress. More information can be found here

Dublin Book Festival – one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006.  The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors – all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflects the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors. More information can be found here

Bloomsday Festival – Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. More information can be found here


International Literary Festival (Folio) – Folio is an international literary event that aims to the promotion of domestic and foreign literature. This event welcomes every year the participation of dozens of authors, both nationally and internationally as well as concerts, theatres, performances, panel discussions, workshops. among others activities. For more information, click here

Latitudes – a travel literature festival that had its first edition in 2017. There are book launches, talks with authors, conferences, writing workshops and travels for gastronomy and music.


Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada – The International Poetry Festival Granada gather every spring more than 10,000 visitors to listen poetry recitals, something unique in Europe, which has turned Granada into the role model poetry capital. More information can be found here

Festival Granada Noir – the first Andalusian Festival gathering together in the city of Granada between September 20 and October 20 writers, illustrators, and film-makers of thrillers and black genre. More information can be found here


New Zealand Young Writers Festival – playwrights and poets; comedians and historians; critics and consciences. Held in the heart of Dunedin – UNESCO City of Literature, produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust and with support from Creative New Zealand and Phantom Billstickers, each festival includes workshops, performances, panel discussions and bookish social festivities. More information can be found here

Dunedin Writers Festival – celebration of crime, dysfunction, heartbreak and other things people write about. More information can be found here


Reykjavik Reads – Reykjavik City of Literature hosts the Reykjavik Reads Festival in October each year. This month long festival has a special theme each year and it is dedicated to the art of the word in its broadest sense. It celebrates reading and writing for people of all ages, children, teenagers and grown-ups. Although the festival is hosted by Reykjavik City of Literature, it is a grass-roots festival and all those who want to take part – organizations, institutions, businesses or individual artists – are encouraged to join in. Among events and projects are workshops, public readings, literary seminars, literary texts in public spaces and street art, exhibitions, musical events, school projects and much more. More information can be found here

Reykjavik International Literary Festival  – Set in cozy venues in downtown Reykjavík in September every two years, the festival offers interesting and entertaining programs for literature enthusiasts. Over a span of more than 30 years, the festival has welcomed Nobel-prize winners, novelists, historians, political activists, philosophers, cartoonists and more to take part in lively programs. All programs are in English and there’s no admission fee to the events. More information can be found here


Heidelberger Literaturtage im Aufbruch – literary festival offering a program with readings by German-speaking and international authors, interdisciplinary events combining literature, music and arts, workshops, guided tours and discussions. More information can be found here

Literaturherbst Heidelberg – The “LiteraturHerbst Heidelberg” is a literary festival that brings together the city, readers and literature in an open, communicative and uncomplicated way – hence the motto “experience reading”. Heidelberg becomes an experience space for literature in its many forms. The four-day program was again initiated and coordinated by the “Literaturnetz Heidelberg e.V.”. More information can be found here


International Book Fair and Literary Festival Book World Prague The Czech Republic’s largest event for books, attended by exhibitors and guests from over 30 countries and regions of the world. Over four days visitors can familiarize themselves with practically every aspect of the Czech book industry, including antiquarian book sales. The Book World Prague fair is popular with the general reading public, with a regular attendance of about 40,000. Within the literary festival the fair offers a whole range of events, including seminars and conferences for professionals, discussions with writers, author’s readings, presentations by publishing houses, prize-givings for achievement in publishing and literature, and a special programme of workshops for children. More information can be found here

Prague Writers’ Festival –  internationally acknowledged social occasion for great thinkers and eager readers to share important philosophical ideas. The festival takes place annually in springtime in Prague. More information can be found here

Poetry Day – first Poetry Daytook place on just one day in 1999, and marked the launch of a Poezie pro cestujíci (Poetry on the Metro) project initiated by the festival founder, the Literary and Cultural Club 8 (Renata Bulvová and Bernie Higgins). The festival is now coordinated by the Poetry Society (Společnost poezie), a small group of people involved in literature/teaching who work as volunteers to organise events and promote interest in poetry. Year by year, the length of the festival extended, as more and more organisations and towns participated, until it reached its current two-week duration. More information can be found here

Literary Festival for Kids – unique art books for children, children’s books for adults and comics for all, by Czech and foreign authors, both emerging and legendary, from Havel through Magor, Brabenec and Wernisch to Petr Nikl or Radek Malý. More information can be found here

Literature Night – literary happenings organized by Czech cities in cooperation with the European Union National Institutes for Culture, foreign embassies, the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic and the Labyrinth Publishing House. More information can be found here


The Kosmopolis International Festival of Literature – Kosmopolis is a biennial literary event that has been held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona since 2002, with two special editions (in 2005, Year of the Book and Reading, and in 2010, the Kosmopolis Special Day), and with a continuous programme that keeps the spirit of the festival alive all year round. More information can be found here


International Book Festival – The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland’s capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997. Throughout its history, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and scope to become the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. In its first year the Book Festival played host to just 30 ‘Meet the Author’ events. Today, the Festival programmes over 800 events, which are enjoyed by people of all ages. More information can be found here


Fabula (Slovenia’s largest literary festival) –  the main focus of the festival is storytelling in general; in addition to book presentations and evening readings, the festival features screenings of films based on the works by Fabula festival guests. Besides renowned European story writers, numerous Slovene authors are featured in the festival. More information can be found here

Slovene Book Fair – the biggest book fair in Slovenia. More information can be found here

International Storytelling Festival – offers a wide selection of events for children and adults. It is the most important storytelling event in Slovenia and has had a significant influence on the development of the Slovenian storytelling tradition. Stories from our vast folklore heritage, which are mostly prepare for this occasion only, are brought to life by storytellers of various professions and different generations. More information can be found here

International Literary Festival VilenicaThe Vilenica International Literary Festival, a gathering of poets, prose writers, dramatists and essayists, is organized by the Slovene Writers’ Association in collaboration with the Cultural Centre Vilenica from Sežana. The festival takes place annually in Lipica and at other venues in Slovenia. More information can be found here


Bumbershoot Festival – now approaching half a century, Bumbershoot is one of Seattle’s largest cultural touchstones. Each year, thousands of people from across the country flock to Seattle Center to attend this acclaimed festival, which has become one of the biggest and most-loved contemporary festivals in North America, while having maintained its Northwest spirit and innovative roots. The name Bumbershoot was chosen both as a knowing nod of respect to our city’s most famous weather pattern, and a symbol of the overarching mission of this festival: to be an umbrella for all of the arts. More information can be found here

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival – festival of indie comics and self-published, small-press and handmade books. More information can be found here


Norwegian Festival of Literature – the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, with a diverse program catering to readers of all ages. More information can be found here


Manchester Literature Festival – Manchester Literature Festival, built on the legacy of its very successful predecessor, Manchester Poetry Festival, provides unique and imaginative opportunities for audiences to experience high quality live literature through an annual festival. The festival celebrates the power of writing across all creative and technological media. We produce a cutting-edge programme of activities that challenges the boundaries of what is traditionally understood to be a literature event and aim to promote internationalism, diversity and independence. More information can be found here


Bookcity Milano – BOOKCITY MILANO is a three-day event (plus one day dedicated to schools) including author conversations, discussions, debates, readings and exhibitions.. More information can be found here


The International Literary Festival Utrecht – attracts 4000 visitors each year to hear and meet international writers, poets and thinkers. More information can be found here

The Dutch Poetry Night – the biggest poetry event in the Netherlands. Organised annually since 1980 in the TivoliVredenburg concert hall, the event lasts around eight hours and sees performances by 20 poets, alternated with musical intermezzos, in front of an audience of around 2000 people.






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Meanjin Literary Journal – founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen, moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne. It currently receives funding from the university, and CAL as well as receiving vital support through subscriptions and other sales. Known primarily as a literary magazine, Christesen ensured that Meanjin reflected the breadth of contemporary thinking, be it on literature, other art forms, or the broader issues of the times. This breadth has characterised Meanjin for more than 70 years, continuing under its ten subsequent editors—Jim Davidson, Judith Brett, Jenny Lee, Christina Thompson, Stephanie Holt, Ian Britain, Sophie Cunningham, Sally Heath, Zora Sanders and Jonathan Green.

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The Big Issue – The Big Issue is an independent magazine that publishes informative and entertaining articles on a huge variety of subjects including arts and entertainment, street culture, lifestyle and personal profiles. It is always looking for good-quality writers. For more information, click here

The Lifted Brow Literary Journal – is an Australian quarterly print literary magazine/journal which is read all around the world. It is published by not-for-profit literary organisation TLB, which also runs the book publishing imprint Brow Books. It was established in 2007. For a few years editions of The Lifted Brow included an arts and cultural lift-out called ‘Middlebrow’, which featured film, book, and television reviews, and articles profiling new video games, theatre, and music. Some editions have been themed; themes have included “Food”, “Sex”, “Music”, “Medicine”, “Art”, “Ego”, “Perth”, “David Foster Wallace”, and “Capital”. For more information, click here

Overland Literary Journal – Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry) and an online magazine, publishing non-fiction articles each week day. Overland also occasionally publishes special online editions of fiction and poetry. Overland has a proud history of publishing underrepresented writers and promoting manifold voices. It is especially keen on receiving submissions from women writers of colour in all areas – fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art. For more information, click here

Kill Your Darlings Literary Journal Founded in Melbourne by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent in 2010, Kill Your Darlings (KYD) is one of Australia’s most lively and entertaining cultural magazines. Our name comes from a quote regularly attributed to the American novelist William Faulkner: ‘In writing, you must kill all your darlings.’ KYD embraces both high- and low-brow culture, and publishes commentary, essays, fiction, interviews and reviews online and in a quarterly paperback edition. For more information, click here

Archer Journal Archer Magazine is an award-winning print publication about sexuality, gender and identity. It is published twice-yearly in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on lesser-heard voices and the uniqueness of our experiences. For more information, click here


LeftLion. Where Nottingham Culture Meetsmonthly magazine about all the cool stuff in Nottingham. LeftLion’s been abaht for over ten years now; serving up everything from local contemporary literature, to interviews with people who review public toilets. For more information, click here


Branca Literary MagazineBRANCA is a paper narrative magazine that collects literary and graphic pieces grouped under the same theme. For more information, click here


The complete online writing is an online magazine site for writers and readers of all ages is based in Ireland but designed for writers everywhere – updated daily, we have thousands of articles to guide and inspire you to achieve your goals. For more information, click here

The Stinging Fly – The Stinging Fly magazine was established in 1997 to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing. For more information, click here


PN Review Literary Magazine – Launched as Poetry Nation, a twice-yearly hardback, in 1973, PN Review in A4 paperback format began quarterly publication in 1976 and has appeared six times a year since PN Review 21 in 1981. Each issue includes an editorial, letters, news and notes, articles, interviews, features, poems, translations, and a substantial book review section. For more information, click here


Literary Magazine ‘Extramuros’ – Founded by José Espada in 1995, it is specialised in poetry and narrative. More information can be found here

Olvidos de Granada – Published since 1984, the literary magazine ‘Olvidos de Granada’ is also a digital monthly publication. More information can be found here

Años diez, Revista de Poesía – A literary magazine headed by Juan Carlos Reche and Abraham Gragera, and published by the publishing house of Granada ‘Cuadernos del Vigía’. Additionally, ‘Años diez’ is distributed by UDL to many bookshops in Spain. More information can be found here



Irish Writers CentreFounded in 1991 it is the national resource centre for Irish literature.

Its mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development. IWC offers a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel and runs seminars, lectures and readings related to the art of writing. For more information, click here

Literature Irelandliterature Ireland brings the finest of Irish literature in the best possible literary translations to readers around the world. It does this by awarding translation grants to publishers, by hosting literary translators in Ireland, and by representing Irish writers at international events, book fairs and festivals. For more information, click here


Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region. It runs creative writing events and projects and develops opportunities for emerging and established writers.

WEM works in partnership with a broad range of cultural organisations including schools, universities, arts venues, museums, libraries, producers and local authorities to encourage relationships between writers and their communities. For more information, click here.

Nottingham Writers Studio is a vibrant community of writers at the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, providing space, networking, and creative and professional development opportunities for its members. For more information, click here


Das Literaturcamp Heidelberg The literary camp in Heidelberg will bring together those people who are interested in books and their future – authors, bloggers, publishers, service providers and readers in general. For more information, click here

WORD UP! The WORD UP! Organizes slam shows approximately every 2 months in the DAI Heidelberg and in the Alte Feuerwache Mannheim. In addition, the Kulturfenster Heidelberg hosts workshops and poetry slams for young people up to the age of 20 years. For more information, click here


Centro Federico García Lorca – The Centre will be a venue for generating art, culture and thinking, constantly active and close to the public. A place that welcomes public participation, to support and encourage artists in all disciplines, and with an extensive educational program targeted at all audiences. Among its main objectives, this center encourages study of Lorca’s works by setting-up of a Lorca Studies Institute, which, among other activities, will forge permanent exchange links with similar institutions in other cities and countries. More information can be found here