Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Fancy a trip to Shanghai?

Applications Invited for Shanghai Residency 
Applications are invited from Cork-born or resident writers for the position of writer in residence in Shanghai. The position is offered as part of an exchange between The Munster Literature Centre and the Shanghai Writers' Association. The residency will cover the period September 1st to October 31st.  
The successful candidate would partake in the Shanghai Writing Programme, which involves up to eight writers drawn from across the world, interacting with their Chinese counterparts and one another. The Munster Literature Centre would arrange events with the Shanghai expatriate Anglophone community and Cork City Council would also arrange appearances at a number of nearby cities for the successful applicant. It is envisaged that the successful applicant would also have plenty of opportunity to concentrate on their own writing. 
A Chinese writer will take up residency in Cork at the same time the Cork writer is in Shanghai. The initiative is part of Cork City's twinning relationship with Shanghai, but applications will be accepted also from Cork County writers. 
The Shanghai Writers' Association will provide travel, accommodation and a daily stipend of RMB100 (approx. €12). The Munster Literature Centre will provide a top-up sum of €1000. 
Applicants must have at least one book professionally published (either fiction or poetry) and be either born or resident in Cork City/County. Since the successful candidate will be a guest of the Chinese government she/he must agree to respect local customs and sensitivities. Authors who have previously participated in the Shanghai Writers' Programme are not eligible to apply again. 
Applicants must apply by email to with the email heading "Shanghai Residency" 
Please provide a brief bio note (not exceeding 200 words) a description of your current writing project (not exceeding 300 words) and a piece which lets us know how you expect to benefit from a residency in Shanghai (not exceeding 400 words). Applications must be received by Friday April 19th. If there are more than five eligible entries the director will whittle the applications down to the five strongest and submit them to a selection board. The successful candidate will be informed in the first week of May.

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