Open call: Residencies in Slovakia

Residencies for writers and translators from Iceland and Norway in Slovakia

The Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute (Skriðuklaustur, Iceland) in collaboration with the Writers Union of Iceland, Tou Scene (Stavanger, Norway) and the programme Literary residencies Košice (Slovakia) are inviting writers and translators from Iceland and Norway to apply for writing residencies in Slovakia. To apply for the residency, please fill out the online application form and submit it by the 15th of June 2022.

Four residencies for authors from Iceland and four residencies for authors from Norway will take place in the city of Košice, Slovakia between July 2022 and October 2023 facilitated by the programme Literary residencies Košice.

The project Epic Residencies offers writing opportunities to authors from Iceland, Norway and Slovakia regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, gender or language of writing and is thus also open to those working in minority languages.

The Epic Residencies project is open to authors working in a wide range of literary genres (prose, poetry, literary essay, experimental work, script writing, etc) and to translators of literature. The project is built upon the values of intercultural exchange, gender equality, the importance of minority experiences and a diversity of voices in literature.  

The selected candidates will be provided with

  • private accommodation in a furnished, 1-bedroom flat with a separate bathroom and kitchen in the Old Town of Košice
  • a stipendium of 1 500 €
  • travel costs to and from the residency
  • free access to the programme’s partner art house cinema, Kino Úsmev and the partner literary museum, the Sándor Márai Museum 
  • support and assistance during their stay from the programme Literary residencies Košice
  • (Travel and health insurance is not covered by the project and is the responsibility of the selected candidates.)

Literary residencies Košice is a new residency programme based in a cultural heritage building from the 18th century in the historical center of the city that also houses the Sándor Márai Museum dedicated to the work of the Hungarian writer and his brother, the film director Géza Radványi, whose family had rebuilt the house in 1913 as the family’s residence. The literary residency programme was established by the National Minorities Club, which has its headquarters in the building, and a collective of young writers and cultural professionals who curate the literary programme in the nearby art house cinema Kino Úsmev. The programme co-operates with the national Slovak Literary Centre (LIC) as well as with a number of small cutting-edge cultural initiatives in the city and the country. The programme works with both established writers and translators and up-and-coming and experimental authors. 


The residency is open to authors who:

  • live, work, were born in or have a different connection to Iceland or Norway without regard to their age, gender or ethnicity
  • create or translate works of literature
  • Please note an ability to communicate in English in writing/speaking is preferred within the context of an international residency exchange

The Application Form

The deadline for submitting applications to the residency is the 15th of June 2022. Please apply via the online application form. Please attach the following to your application:

  • a brief CV (please specify your publications and other relevant work)
  • a description of what you would like to work on during the residency (½ - max. two A4 sides, in English) 
  • a sample of work you wish to develop during the residency or a related piece of work (max. 10 pages in the language of the original text, please include a translation to English if available) in docx., pdf or an URL link; in the case of translation project, a sample of translated work 

Please submit your application by filling out this form. 


The application will be considered by a panel of experts representing the three partner countries and organisations. The candidates will be notified of the result by email by the 15th of July 2022.

Support from the EEA grant scheme

The EPIC RESIDENCIES benefits from a 150 000 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 22 000 €. The aim of the project is to build capacities of the partner organisations, inclusive education, intercultural exchange and audience development. If you would like to know more about programmes and projects financed by the EEA in Slovakia, visit All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%. The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).  #SPOLOCNEzaDOBREnapady #EEAgrants #EPICRESIDENCIES

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