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Place des cinéastes, or Filmmakers Square, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, has called for applications to its new 2019/2020 residencies for African writers under 40. Open to writers in all genres, successful applicants will be paid €1,500 and be expected to produce a manuscript which will be published in 2020. The initiative “aims to give a platform for free expression” and welcomes activists and writers who have been censored in their countries. The deadline for application is Sunday, 7 July 2019.

Here is the press release.

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The Goethe-Institut/ Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou is setting up a writer’s residency for young African writers (less than 40 years) in 2019/20 in Burkina Faso.

This residency program aims to give a platform for free expression:

– to writers who project the vision of (another) future in their writings

– to writers who have restrictions of expression in their country of origin

– to activist writers who express themselves in relation to social and/ or political transformations and challenges in their countries.

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

The production of a text is mandatory for the authors in residence. The texts produced will be published at the end of 2020, either physically or digitally.

General conditions of the residency:

– 2 or 3 residencies of 4 weeks in Ouagadougou in 2019/20

– 3 authors per residency (1 from Burkina Faso, 2 from other African countries)

– Meetings and working sessions with professional writers from Burkina Faso and other African countries

– Public reading sessions

– Production of a text is mandatory

– Digital or physical publication in 2020

– Assumption of the costs for transportation (from home country to Burkina Faso) and visa

– Accommodation during the 4 weeks residency

– Grant of 1.500 Euro for the residency period (incl. per diem and private transport) – paid in place in two instalments.

Conditions to apply:

– Be under 40 years old

– Have at least one published text, either with a publisher or a newspaper, on a blog or website or as a self-publication

– Be African by origin or by naturalization

– Have a writing project to develop during the residency

– Be available from November 2019

Application and documents to provide:

– Letter of motivation specifying your:

  • author’s career
  • your personal situation
  • your expectations
  • reasons for your application for the residency

– Description of your project to develop during the residency

– Curriculum Vitae

– Full biography (max. 500 words)

– PDF or links to texts already published

The selection process will be conducted by an external jury of three professional authors (Names to be confirmed).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, 7th July 2019 (23:59 GMT +0)

The applications shall be sent to the following addresses:

Carolin Christgau, Director, Goethe-Institut: carolin.christgau@goethe.de

Francois d’Assise Ouédraogo, Assistant, Goethe-Institut: programm-ouagadougou@goethe.de

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Enquiries should be sent to carolin.christgau@goethe.de or programm-ouagadougou@goethe.de.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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