Call for UNESCO City of Literature Wonju Residency 2024

Wonju City of Literature offers a chance for one writer from cities of literature to
come to Wonju and stay at Toji Cultural Centre for eight weeks, as Wonju City of
Literautre’s international level contribution to the cities of literature sub-network,
designed to promote the understanding and the friendship of cities of literature.

In the call of 2024, just like the call out in previous years, one writer from cities of
literature and/or who has a close connection to cities of literature will benefit from
the CoL Wonju Residency 2024.

Residency Call Details
- Closing Date of Application: May 31
- Announcement of Successful Recipient: Before June 27
- Place for Residency: Toji Cultural Centre
- Residency Duration: Eight weeks
- Initiating Date of Residency: September 1
- Ending Date of Residency: October 31
- Round-trip Air Ticket Provided
- Transportation on arrival and departure dates provided
- Organic meals are provided at the cafeteria of Toji Cultural Centre
- Writing Room: One Room at Toji Cultural Centre provided

How to Apply
1. Let them know about yourself
2. Let them know about your literary works, achievements, awards, etc
3. Let them know about your literary world
4. Let them know about why you would like to come to Wonju

Please note that those interested in the Residency have to write only MS-Word
document of more than 1,000 words but not more than 2,000 words(in font size 11
to 12), reflecting all the subjects numbered above. Disproportionate emphasis on
only one or two subjects is not encouraged. Balanced approach to each subject is
highly recommended.

Application not meeting 1,000 words or exceeding 2,000 words will result in a
removal from the consideration. Besides, for fair assessment, additional portfolio
and materials will not be accepted and they will not be either considered. Also,
please do not forget to write in the document in which country and which city of
literature you are currently living. If you are not currently living in a city of
literature but if you are able to provide a reliable source of evidence suggesting you
have lived in a city of literature and you are able to prove it, the application will be
considered, all of which, however, will be verified through the contact with a focal
point or coordinator of the city of literature once a final pick is done. And, the
residency opportunity does not roll over to the next year even if the selected writer
is not able to fly to Korea to stay at Toji Cultural Centre. In this case, the other writer
that will be selected by Toji Cultural Centre will take the chance.

Language and Level
English is a must and applicants should possess the minimum command of B2 level
for communication.

Selection and Notification
Organisers will go through the 2nd phase of assessment based on the submitted document. One final recipient for the Residency will be decided by an independent panel designated by Toji Cultural Centre. Final notification will be available to both the
recipient and the coordinator before June 27.

Requirements during Residency
There are no requirements whatsoever for a successful writer during his/her/their
stay. Organisers want the recipient just to relax and engage in his/her/their creative activity as much and comfortably as possible in such a tranquil environment around Toji Cultural Centre during the Residency. Korean writers and artists will stay at Toji
Cultural Centre during the same period, and the writer is highly recommended to
form friendship with them during his/her/their stay. Approximately sixteen up to
nineteen writers and artists from Korea and also outside of Korea will stay at Toji
Cultural Centre from September 1 to October 31. Just like other writers and artists,
the selected recipient should follow the rules of living established at Toji Cultural

Please send your application only to wonjucityoflit@korea.kr no later than May 31.

All detailed information HERE


photo: Toji Cultural Centre