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Cove Park Literature Residencies: Applications Close 7 December

Cove Park Litertarure Residencies 2016

Cove Park is a Scottish artists’ retreat located on the Rosneath peninsula, an hour’s drive west of Glasgow. In 2016 Cove Park is offering a minimum of three literature residencies. The residencies are open to writers around the world.

Cove Park was founded in 1999 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs. The centre’s residencies “respond to the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in all the art forms, whether performing or visual arts, crafts, literature or music. [Its] interdisciplinary programmes, for both individuals and collaborating groups, offer time, space and freedom to make new work and to find new ways of working.”

Cove Park’s distinguished alumni include Margaret Atwood, Anne Carson, Brian Chikwava, Helen Cross, Rachel Cusk, Fred D’Aguiar, Joe Dunthorne, Jennie Erdal, Rodge Glass, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, Jack Mapanje, Michael Pedersen, Jo Shapcott, Zoe Strachan, Chiew-Siah Tei, Kate Tough, Christos Tsiolkas, Chika Unigwe, Louise Welsh and Nicola White.

The 2016 literature residencies will take place between May and September and last for between one and three months. Applications are invited from established writers of short and long fiction; poetry; creative non-fiction and memoir; work that crosses these genres and also writers who have made their reputation in one field and wish to develop in another. To be eligible for consideration, writers must have published at least one full-length book in their field and must not be enrolled in full or part-time education. There are no application fees for their residency.

Cove Park will also offer a residency of up to one month for an Emerging Writer from Scotland. Applicants for this residency need not have published a full length book, but must be able to show exceptional promise.

Writers will be selected for interview based on the following criteria:

  • The quality of your ideas and work.
  • Your need for a period of research and development and your reasons for applying to this residency programme.
  • Your interest in working within a community of artists.

Residents receive a £400 (US$610) fee per week and Cove Park’s facilities include self-catering accommodation, a communal meeting space, library, archive, computer suite and a stunning 50-acre site.


This short documentary was filmed at Cove Park during summer 2010 and features Christos Tsiolkas, Luke Fowler, Deirdre Nelson, Frances Priest and Janice Parker discussing their residencies.


Writers must include in their application a two-page introductory statement about their work and their reasons for applying for the residency, a current CV and a 5000 word writing sample. For full details download the 2016 Application Guidelines (PDF).

Applications for Cove Park’s 2016 literature residencies close on 7 December 2015. For further information visit the Cove Park website.

Writers who don’t meet the application requirements at this stage can still stay at Cove Park. Accommodation and studio space is available for hire between September and April by individuals with a creative project. A single cube (the self catering individual live/work spaces) costs £50 per night with a two night minimum; double and group rates are also available.


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Image via Cove Park.   

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