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Reykjavik / Island: Writer-in-Residence Programme

Reykjavik / Island: Writer-in-Residence-Programme 2020 Photo: Reykjavik / Island © Colourbox-web

Who: Application is open for German authors who must have published at least two books, of which at least one must have been translated into either English or a Scandinavian language.

Section: Literature 

Duration: 01.–31.05.2020 

Closing date for applications: 31. August 2019

For the spring period 2020, the Goethe-Institut Dänemark and the UNESCO City of Literature Reykjavik grant a scholarship to a German author from one of the following fields: fiction, poetry and children’s books.

Its purpose is to provide recipients with an opportunity to conduct and develop their research, inspirations and working concepts into a literary project based on the country of Iceland as its point of departure and/or its source of inspiration. The scholarship recipient will have the chance to gather insights into the local literature scene in Iceland, extend their network and exchange ideas

Collaboration with local Icelandic literary institutions is an expected part of the scholarship. The Goethe-Institut Dänemark’s communication canals in Iceland would like to use Social Media content like posts, pictures etc. portraying the author’s experiences with literature in Iceland.

Current open call

The period of residency is 01.–31.05.2020.


Application documents are only to be submitted via E-Mail.
Please send your application documents within the application period as a PDF-file (max 5 MB) to: Dorte.Klingelhoefer@goethe.de

Only completed applications will be considered. 

Application documents

The following documents are required:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Bibliography
  • Project proposal (in English and German)
  • Biography
Please note that only applications containing all required documents will be reviewed

Closing date for application

Please send your residency application form up to 31. August 2019 to e-mail address as above. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Selection procedure

The Goethe-Institut Dänemark together with UNESCO City of Literature Reykjavik will decide on the awarding of the scholarship. The decision will be based on the quality of work proposed by the applicant. There is no legal right to appeal the outcome of the decision.

Features of the Program

The scholarship grant for the entire period is 1,600.- EUR. In addition to this, free use of a lodging in Reykjavik is included. Furthermore  there will be a one-time reimbursement of costs for the travel to and from Iceland

Requirements of recipients

  • Cooperation with local Icelandic institutions that distribute literature is expected
  • The generation of SoMe content like posts about the author’s experiences with literature in Iceland is highly encouraged
  • There is a residential obligation
  • Insurance (Overseas health insurance, accident, and liability insurance) will be in the responsibility of the scholarship recipient


Dorthe Klingelhöfer
Culture Programme
Tel.: +45 3336 6453