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.
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: [email protected]
Francois d’Assise Ouédraogo, Assistant, Goethe-Institut: [email protected]