open call for Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature International Residency Program for writers

Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature announces the 2024 call for applications for the International Residency Program for writers.

The Program is dedicated to all writers, editors, translators and poets having at least one published book working currently on a writing. The Residency Program is a perfect opportunity to professionalize writing skills, find the optimal conditions for creative work, and present your own writing to a new audience.

The call for applications for 2024 is now open. The deadline for application submission is  June 14.

What is offered:

In 2024 the Residency Program in Reykjavík will offer the writer a two-week stay in the following period of the year:

October 1 – 14

Residents will stay at Gröndal’s House in the center of old town in Reykjavík.

Besides a stipend of 650 euros organisers cover transportation costs to and from Reykjavík The Reykjavík City of Literature will guarantee residents the opportunity to participate in the literary life of the city and help to develop opportunities for them to promote their works in Iceland.

What is expected:

- Connection with any UNESCO City of Literature outside of Iceland.

- At least one published book (fiction or non-fiction), a poetry collection, screenplay or theatre script by the applicant.

- Work on a literary project during the residency.

- Upper-intermediate level of spoken English.

Required documents listed below should be sent to: grondalshus@reykjavik.is with the subject: “International Residency Application” + "applicants full name and connected City of Literature"

- Extract from a published text (in original language or English), no more than 2 pages in length.

- Biography/CV

- Optional: recommendation letter, letter of motivation


To submit an application, please fill out the application form below along with the required documents by June 14th 2024.

The selected applicant will be notified before the 1st of July 2024.


In case of inquiries, please contact Kjartan Már Ómarsson: kjartan.mar.omarsson@reykjavik.is

All information and an application form can be found on this website.


photo: Gröndal‘s House