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Mayo Arts Service

Writer in Residence

Closed for Applications.

Mayo County Council - Writer in Residence.


This Residency is a partnership between Mayo County Council’s Arts Service, Mayo County Council’s Library Service and the Heinrich Böll Cottage Achill, with funding from Creative Ireland.  The Residency aligns to the Creative Ireland Programme Pillar – Enabling Creativity in Every Community.

The total budget of the Residency is €15,000 and this includes the writers fee, travel and accommodation costs and a programme budget. The Residency will adhere to relevant health guidelines and may be rolled out online/in person or a blended approach (depending on restriction levels and how the successful applicant envisages delivering the Residency). This is an open competition and the successful Writer will be selected based on their submission.

Aim of Residency

The aim of the Residency is two-fold. 

1: To provide the opportunity for the writer to concentrate on their own work.

2: The Residency will have a strong emphasis on community engagement and enabling creativity in the community.

Who can apply

This is an open call to writers of all genres, (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction (e.g. memoir and essays), graphic novels, children’s poetry and fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, literary criticism and contemporary literary biography/autobiography). This definition specifically excludes writing in areas such as journalism, religious writing, professional, instructional and academic writing. This Residency supports writing in the English and Irish languages and is open to those residing in Ireland.

Overview of Residency

  • Timescale of the Residency is June 2021 to December 2021.
  • Use of Mayo County Library Facilities by Writer.
  • Community Engagement with Mayo groups and writers.
  • Two weeks in the Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill (2021).

Deadline for submissions is: 12 noon, Friday 30th April 2021


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