Sylt Foundation African Writers' Residency

Sylt Foundation African Writers’ Residency

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This African Writer’s Residency is aimed to offer a residency to writers of contemporary African literature, who are related to or engaging with contemporary themes and concerns of Africa and the African Diaspora.

The award is open to published writers of poetry, prose, plays and novels.

Following on the success of many years of engagement with contemporary African and South African literature and writers, the Foundation has sought to leverage its residency programme by inviting applications from African writers who through a juried selection process will be awarded this invaluable opportunity.

Previously residents were invited onto this programme. In 2012, however, the residency process was formalized and published African writers are now invited to submit applications (as per the criteria) for selection onto the African Writers Residency Programme. The winning applicant will be selected by an experienced and credible selection panel of literary professionals. One residency is awarded each year to one winning applicant who will take up this exciting opportunity to enjoy creative writing time on the island at the Foundation Kunst: Raum Sylt Quelle.
Previously luminaries such as Imraan Coovadia Antjie Krog, Andre Brink, Niq Mhlongo, Ivan Vladislavic, Gabeba Baderoon, Kgafela oa Magogodi and Lebogang Mashile to name a few, spent time in residence at the Sylt Foundation.

This recently re-launched African Writer’s Residency offers a two month international working stay at the Foundation.
This period will provide the writer with:
• an opportunity to focus on or complete a project in progress
• a quiet space suitable for contemplation and research
• an uninterrupted period for writing
• a means to leverage their artistic profile
• an opportunity to engage with other international writers and artists

The contemporary African writer who wins this Residency award is expected to work on or complete the writing project proposed in their application. The residency aims to provide an opportunity to develop their ideas and do research related to their work.

While writers are managing career and personal demands, the vital process of conceptualizing and reflection, researching and developing new ideas, so essential to the writing process is often limited. A period of quiet uninterrupted time to focus on exploring ideas is critical to this process which is a challenge when balancing the pressures of everyday life.

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2013


Submit e-mailed entries to:
Organisers: Art Source South Africa
Enquiries: ++ 27 (0) 11 447 2855 (Monday - Friday 9-4pm)

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