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Goethe Institut Residency Program 2021

Goethe Institut Residency Program 2021

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Applications are open for Goethe Institut Residency Program 2021: Writing Gender – Kigali, Rwanda. As a collaboration between Huza Press and the Goethe Institut Kigali, they are announcing a four-week writers’ residency in Kigali (Rwanda) in September 2021.

The purpose of this residency is to support writers as they complete or make significant advances with a work-in-progress novel manuscript. The program is particularly passionate about literature as a space for opening up conversations about gender, its modes of construction, histories, representation, and relationality to power: the theme of this residency is therefore writing gender.


In order to participate in Goethe Institut Residency Program, writers must be

  • Over 18 years old.
  • From African countries (except Rwanda) and German-speaking countries.
  • Have at least one published text, either with a publisher, in a literary magazine or in a newspaper. However, self-published work will are not eligible.
  • Working on a novel (fiction) manuscript that explores gender and its constructions.
  • Available for four weeks in September 2021.

General Conditions

  • This writers’ residency will be awarded jointly to two writers: one writer based in Africa and one German-speaking writer. Both writers will stay in Kigali for four weeks.
  • During their stay, the writers will have space to work on their writing, have literary exchange with each other and introduce their writing to a local audience.
  • Transportation costs (a return economy flight ticket from home to Kigali) and visa fees will be covered.
  • Accommodation during the four-week stay will be provided.
  • Each writer will receive a grant of 2000 Euro for the residency period (inclusive of a per diem and private transport) paid in place in two installments.
  • Furthermore, working languages for 2021 are English and German.

Application Documents

  • Letter of motivation documenting your writing career, a proposed writing plan for the residency and the reasons for your application (max. 2 pages, in English).
  • Description of the novel to be developed during your residency and its connection to ideas of writing gender.
  • Work sample from the novel that you want to work on during your residency (3000-4000 words) and one other published text.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Full biography (max. 2pages, in English).
  • Furthermore, all documents must be in one PDF.



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline16 May,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerGoethe Istitut



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