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Monday, September 19, 2022


Closing date for applications: October 21, 2022

Durban is a UNESCO city of literature. If you are Durban-based or been featured at the Time of the Writer festival presented by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, you may want to consider applying for this residency.

Open Call for

Nanjing International Writers Residency 2022

The Programme

Nanjing is offering six virtual residencies in 2022 to writers, poets and translators from all UNESCO Cities of Literature.

Nanjing International Writers Residency makes a lasting bridge for the city’s literary community to develop mutual understanding with its international counterparts. This yearly programme was initiated early 2019 and has hosted 18 writers, poets and translators from the subnetwork. The programme turned virtual since the COVID outbreak in 2020.

Nanjing boasts a literary tradition of over 1800 years. The city served as China’s capital for about 400 years across six dynasties. Its heritages left from those dynasties and its diversified culture today have all contributed to its role as a “most luring destination” for inbound travellers to China.


The Theme

The theme for 2022 programme is Rivers and Literature. Rivers across the world have made significant contributions to culture and civilisation, making themselves a lasting topic for literary creation. Waterways may serve as origins for literary imagination. They may turn into a protagonist in the literary works. And on many occasions, they are carriers of literary stories, making cultural communication fluid and far-reaching.

With Rivers and Literature as the theme for Nanjing Residency 2022, the organisers hope that participants may draw inspirations from rivers across the world for their literary creation, and promote literary communication at both local and international levels.


The Timing

Open call for applications: from September 19 until October 21, 2022.

Residency lasts from October 31 until November 30 2022


What Is Offered

-       Virtual tours to culture landmarks in Nanjing;

-       A selection of literary activities;

-       Online interactions with Nanjing writers, poets, translators, literary organisations, and students;

-       A stipend of 1200 USD for each selected writer.



Selected participants are supposed to

-       Be connected to a UNESCO City of Literature (either a resident or one who works or studies in that city, or has other connections with that city as recognized in writing by a City of Literature office)

-       Have at least three-year experience in writing, or at least one published work ( book in print, all genres acceptable), or have received awards that are recognized by your local literary communities.

-       Be willing to interact with Nanjing’s literary communities, emerging and established writers; as well as to partake in local literary activities;

-       Write a piece of work in English (no less than 1000 words, or 50 lines in poetry) that is inspired by the one-month virtual residency, or translate Chinese stories, poems or proses into English; (All the virtual writers will retain the copyrights of their works. Please understand the works might be used for promotional purpose by Nanjing Literature Center)

-       Be fluent in spoken English, or Chinese;


Documents for application

All applicants are supposed to submit

-       An CV with a passport photo and a life size photo;

-       Extracts from his/her published works;

-       Proof in writing of his/her connection with a City of Literature, when applicable.


Send all the required materials to the following contacts prior to Friday October 21, 2022.

The Selected Writers 2022 will be announced on Thursday October 27.



Lilas YUAN

Focal Point for Nanjing UNESCO City of Literature

Director of Nanjing Literature Center


Taotao Wang

Project Manager,