Deadline: 30 April 2019
Open to: writers under 35 years of age from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine
Benefits: the winner will receive a cash award of 5,000 EUR for a three-month residence permit in any CEI Member State of the candidate’s choice
The CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence is an award aimed at encouraging cross-border cooperation and promotion in the field of literature for young writers from Central European countries not yet part of the European Union. The fellowship is endowed with a cash award of EUR 5,000 for a three-month stay in any of the Central European Initiative Member States, selected by the candidate. The fellowship winner will be guest of the 34th Vilenica International Literary Festival which will take place from 10 to 15 September 2019 at various locations in Slovenia. The fellowship winner will be officially announced at the press conference at the end of August, and fellowship will be awarded to him or her at the festival. The candidate is eligible for the fellowship from 13 September 2019 until 13 September 2020. Within 60 days after completion of the residency, the candidate must submit a written report.
The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organizations, as well as international and regional organizations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration, the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. The CEI, whose Headquarters is located in Trieste, is composed of 17 Member States: 9 EU members (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine). In December 2011, the CEI was granted the observer status in the General
Assembly of the United Nations.
Applicants eligible for the fellowship are writers from all genres under 35 (born after 1984 – from 1 January 1985 onwards) from the CEI Member States, which are not part of the European Union (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine)
The winner will receive a cash award of 5,000 EUR for a three-month residence permit in any CEI Member State of the candidate’s choice.
How to apply?
The application must include the following obligatory enclosures:
1. A filled in registration form;
2. A biography of the applicant in English (max. 1800 characters without spaces);
3. Copy of a valid ID or passport with the visible date and place of birth, and the citizenship of the applicant;
4. A bibliography of the applicant in English (max. 3600 characters without spaces);
5. A description in English of the project to be undertaken during the three-month residence (2000 – 4500 characters without spaces). The project must be a literary work (all genres and themes), not a research project;
6. A scan of original signed letter of recommendation in English (max. 1800 characters without spaces, letters without the original signature will not be considered).
*Incomplete entries will not be considered.
For more information, please visit the official web page.