Would you like a month in Berlin to expand your writing horizons? Or perhaps a working cattle ranch in rural Wyoming would provide you with the inspiration you need to start a new project? These residencies provide writers with a chance to escape daily life’s distractions and focus on their work.

Each residency has its own terms and conditions, so please read the relevant websites thoroughly before commencing any applications.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
is open to writers worldwide. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Founded in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. Applications close on 15 February.

Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. There are three fellowship application deadlines in 2019; 15 February, 15 June and 1 October.

Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program
is dedicated to young and emerging writers from the Cities of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It offers a two-month stay at Villa Decius, a historical complex and cultural centre in Krakow. Residents receive a stipend of 2500 PLN (US$650 plus travel costs. Applications close on 25 February. View Post

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Granta is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions

After a brief hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions.

Granta’s history can be traced back to 1889 when a student politics and literature magazine called The Granta was founded at Cambridge University. Since its relaunch 38 years ago, Granta has been a quarterly literary journal, with the aim of publishing the best new writing.

Granta is currently accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction until Thursday 21 February 2019.  Poetry submissions are currently closed and will reopen on Sunday 28 April.  Submissions of photography and art are open year-round.

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Learn about looking inward and outward in personal essays with a New York Times Bestselling Author

Roxane Gay’s writing garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Roxane is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times best-selling Bad Feminist, the nationally best-selling Difficult Women and the New York Times best-selling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

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Amsterdam Writers' Residency - credit Maurizio Mori

Author John Green has described Amsterdam as the city he loves most in the world. It was an important setting for his bestseller The Fault in Our Stars and it was at the Amsterdam Writers’ Residency in 2011 that Green worked on many of the Dutch sections of his manuscript.

The Amsterdam Writers’ Residency was founded in 2006 and offers writers from around the world the opportunity to live and work in the literary heart of the city for up to three months. View Post

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A guest post by Virginia Lloyd

You’re ready to approach an agent or publisher with your finished manuscript. You’re no doubt exhausted and relieved to have reached this point. But appealing to a publishing professional is a struggle of a wholly different kind. Which agent to email? Which publishing house to submit your first three chapters? Here are some ways you can improve your chances of finding the right agent or publisher for you.

An agent or a publisher?

Many writers ask me whether they need a literary agent. My answer is that it truly depends on your unique circumstances – and the quality of the agent.

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