International Literary Residency in Ulyanovsk for writers and artists from the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network (Russia)


Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature has announced an open call for their International Literary Residency for writers and artists from the UNESCO Literary Cities Network. Opened in 2019, the programme's first residents were the poet Andrej Hochevar from Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the poet David Howard from Dunedin (New Zealand). Ulyanovsk, located on the banks of the Volga River, is a city with a great literary history. You'll be working in the homeland of the great Russian writer Ivan Goncharov (author of the famous novel Oblomov), the poet Nikolay Yazykov, and the historian and writer Nikolay Karamzin, among others.

The residency lasts one month, running 1-30 September 2020, and invites applications from writers, poets, translators, playwrights, screenwriters, etc., as well as artists of all genres (illustrators, film directors, film makers, visualisation artists, photographers, etc.) who are implementing literary projects. Applicants must come from one of the UNESCO Cities of Literature – full list here.

Additional criteria:

  • Interest in Russian culture and literature.

  • High/average level of spoken English.

  • At least one officially published book (fiction or non-fiction) or screenplay, script or translation from Russian into another language. For artists and other applicants, at least one completed literary project.

  • For writers: residents will be asked to write a text (work of fiction or non-fiction) that will feature the City of Ulyanovsk (min. 15,000 characters with spaces) and will be used in future for publishing and promotional purposes (residents will be asked to permit printing, reproduction, translation of this short text by the City of Ulyanovsk Administration).

  • For artists and other applicants: residents will be asked to create an artwork related to literature and Ulyanovsk (the artwork will be used in future for promotional purposes, residents will be asked to permit printing, reproduction, demonstration of this work by the City of Ulyanovsk Administration).

  • Willingness to present the results of the work at the end of the month at a public event in Ulyanovsk (text/poems about Ulyanovsk, or artwork, plus results of the resident's own literary project).

  • Willingness to take part in the literary life of Ulyanovsk, including events, meetings, promotional interviews and engagements, festivals, etc. (unless agreed otherwise, there is no additional honorarium for these activities).

The organisers offer:

  • One-month accommodation in the city centre (residents are required to take care of medical insurance and are responsible for their meals and household; additional guests cannot be hosted).

  • A scholarship grant of €1000.

  • Expenses for accommodation, participation in public events and the organisation of the final event with the resident (at the end of the month).

  • An opportunity to get engaged in the cultural scene of Ulyanovsk.

Deadline: 30 April 2020

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