Literary residencies in Gdańsk | Urban Culture Institute


Deadline 24/07/2022


The City Culture Institute is seeking translators from Poland, authors from Belarus and Ukraine, and cultural researchers for a literary residency programme based in Gdańsk. The residency will support four persons with a four-week stay in the city.


The call for applications is open until 24 July.


Residents will be provided with an apartment, expert and logistics support, and a monthly fee of up to PLN 3000 gross. The guests will also take part in City Culture Institute’s literary activities. Residencies in Gdańsk are an opportunity to spend a few weeks in the city on creative work and get to know the local art scene.


The applications will be assessed by a committee with members from the City Culture Institute, Literary Union and Polish Literary Translators Association.


Residency for authors from Belarus and Ukraine

This open call is addressed to authors from Belarus and Ukraine who:

– have published at least one book or poetry volume,

– are currently working on a literary project,


Residency for translators from Poland

This open call is addressed to translators from a foreign language into Polish who:

– have produced at least one translation that was published or staged in a theatre,

– are currently working on a translation project.

This year, we specifically encourage applications from translators working with dramas.


Liberal arts residency

Our liberal arts residency is addressed to a cultural researcher who would like to devote the coming months, or perhaps years, of their life to discovering the story of Maria Janion’s life and work.

We are interested in a narrative about Maria Janion, particularly her Gdańsk years. We would like to see a biography of this incredible woman, focused on her intellectual ruminations and fascinations and an attempt at uncovering her private life that had been hidden away from prying eyes. On understanding her creative path, decisions and choices.

This open call is addressed to researchers of Maria Janion’s life and work who

– have published at least two scholarly papers,

– are currently working on a project related to Maria Janion’s life and work.


Residency periods:

  • 1-29 September 2022 (liberal arts residency)
  • 1-30 October 2022 (Ukrainian residency)
  • 3-30 November 2022 (translation residency)
  • 2-30 December 2022 (Belarusian residency)


How to apply?

Applications in Polish or English (in exceptional cases also in Belarusian, Ukrainian or Russian) should be sent until 24 July 2022 to the address:

Applications should contain:

– the completed application form,

– a CV with a list of published literary or academic works,

– a cover letter with a description of the work concept for the residency period (not longer than 5000 characters with spaces),

– an extract from a published work (no more than 8 A4 pages).


Download the programme regulations: in Polish | in English


Download the application form: application form


Results of the open call will be published until 10 August 2022.