Writer’s Residency at Casa Lorde, Pretoria

BlackBird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media, Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative are setting up a writer’s residency for young African womxn who are starting their careers as writers.

Who can apply?

  • Young black womxn from any African country who are starting their careers as writers and are between 18 and 40 years old.
  • The residency is open to writers of all literary genres: novel, poetry, essay, storytelling, narration, theatre, etc.

General terms of the residency:

* Accommodation during up to 4 weeks in Brooklyn, Pretoria, during October (2019) or February (2020). Breakfast and basic expenses included (toiletries, unlimited wi-fi).

* The residency does not include transport costs to Pretoria, but it does include R5,000.00 (five thousand) for basic expenses during your stay.

* Private bedroom and private bathroom inside Casa Lorde, a collective working space.

* Meeting and working sessions with professional writers from South Africa.

* Production of a text is mandatory, although BlackBird Books is not obligated to publish it.

Application and documents required to apply:

* A letter of motivation specifying how you would benefit from your stay at Casa Lorde

* A description of the project you plan to develop during the residency

* Your Curriculum Vitae and a short biography (500 words)

* A sample of your writing (this can be something that has been published or not)

* Please indicate if you would be available during October 2019 or February 2020 (or either).

Application deadline: 31 August 2019 (the winners will be announced during the first weeks of September).

Send your application to the two following addresses with the subject line Casa Lorde Writer’s Residency application:



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