Call for applications: young African womxn writer's residency

BlackBird Books are setting up a writer’s residency for young African womxn who are starting their careers as writers

18 July 2019 - 15:24
BlackBird titles 'An Image in a Mirror', 'Miss Behave', 'If I Stay Right Here' and 'It's Me, Marah'.
BlackBird titles 'An Image in a Mirror', 'Miss Behave', 'If I Stay Right Here' and 'It's Me, Marah'.
Image: BlackBird Books

BlackBird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media, Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative are setting up a writer’s residency for young African womxn who are starting their careers as writers.

Who can apply?

● Young black womxn from any African country who are starting their careers as writers and are between 18 and 40 years old.

● The residency is open to writers of all literary genres: novel, poetry, essay, storytelling, narration, theatre, etc.

General terms of the residency:

  • Accommodation during up to four weeks in Brooklyn, Pretoria, during October (2019) or February (2020). Breakfast and basic expenses included (toiletries, unlimited wi-fi).
  • The residency does not include transport costs to Pretoria, but it does include R5,000 for basic expenses during your stay.
  • Private bedroom and private bathroom inside Casa Lorde, a collective working space.
  • Meeting and working sessions with professional writers from South Africa.
  • Production of a text is mandatory, although BlackBird Books is not obligated to publish it.

Application and documents required to apply:

  • A letter of motivation specifying how you would benefit from your stay at Casa Lorde
  • A description of the project you plan to develop during the residency
  • Your CV and a short biography (500 words)
  • A sample of your writing (this can be something that has been published or not)
  • Please indicate if you would be available during October 2019 or February 2020 (or either).

Application deadline: 31 August 2019 (the winners will be announced during the first weeks of September).

Send your application to the two following addresses with the subject line "Casa Lorde Writer’s Residency Application": info@everapublishing.co.za, na.floresga@gmail.com.

Article provided by BlackBird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media


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