BlackBird Books’ 4-Week Residency for Black Women Writers | Apply

The South Africa-based publishing press Blackbird Books, in collaboration with Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative, is calling for applications to a four-week residency at Casa Lorde, Pretoria, for Black African women writers between ages 18 and 40.


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Residents will be paid R5,000. An imprint of Jacana Media, Blackbird Books has published, among others prizes.


See guidelines below.
  • Young black women from any African country who are starting their careers as writers and are between 18 and 40 years old.
  • The residency is open to writers of all literary genres: novel, poetry, essay, storytelling, narration, theatre, etc.



General terms of the residency:

  • Accommodation during up to 4 weeks in Brooklyn, Pretoria, during October (2019) or February (2020). Breakfast and basic expenses included (toiletries, unlimited wi-fi).
  • The residency does not include transport costs to Pretoria, but it does include R5,000 (five thousand) for basic expenses during your stay.
  • Private bedroom and private bathroom inside Casa Lorde, a collective working space.
  • Meeting and working sessions with professional writers from South Africa.
  • Production of a text is mandatory, although BlackBird Books is not obligated to publish it.



Application and documents required to apply:

  • A letter of motivation specifying how you would benefit from your stay at Casa Lorde
  • A description of the project you plan to develop during the residency
  • Your Curriculum Vitae and a short biography (500 words)
  • A sample of your writing (this can be something that has been published or not)
  • Please indicate if you would be available during October 2019 or February 2020 (or either).



Application deadline: 31 August 2019 (the winners will be announced during the first weeks of September).


Send your application to info@everapublishing.co.za or na.floresga@gmail.com with the subject line, “Casa Lorde Writer’s Residency Application.”


For more information, contact Blackbird Books.






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