Call for Applications: Writer-in-Residence

By Wasafiri Editor on July 6, 2021 in

Writer-in-Residence Call for Applicants

Wasafiri, the UK’s leading magazine of international contemporary writing, invites proposals from writers in all genres (including poets, playwrights, fiction writers, memoirists and essayists) in application for our 2021/2022 Writer-in-Residence.

Launched in 1984 to create a vibrant publication space for authors from Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and their diasporas, Wasafiri has spread its reach over the last 36 years to encompass the works of writers worldwide.

Since 2018, we have appointed a Writer-in-Residence to support our efforts to discover, support, and promote the best new writing in all genres. For the 2021/2022 residency we are excited to introduce open applications for this role. Our previous Writers-in-Residence include Bidisha, Nick Makoha, and Jennifer Wong.

The aims of the residency are to widen Wasafiri’s reach across the UK, taking the organisation and its work beyond London to cultivate new talents and provoke conversations. During the period of the residency, the Writer-in-Residence will be expected to lead three workshops, develop new work, write one piece for Wasafiri in print or online, and support the promotion of Wasafiri.

Please note one of the workshops delivered by the Writer-in-Residence will be in collaboration with Durham Book Festival in October 2021.

Click here to download the role descriptor and person specification.

The residency will last for six months starting no earlier than 1 September 2021 and ending no later than 31 March 2022. The fee for the residency is £750.

Please apply with:

  • A 1-page cover letter explaining your motivation for applying
  • An up to 500-word residency proposal outlining your plans for 3 workshops designed to engage new audiences with creative writing and issues relevant to international literature.
  • An up to 1,000-word writing sample of work in your preferred genre
  • A CV with the names of two referees directly connected to your creative practice, and one other professional or academic referee.

Only candidates with permission to work in the UK are eligible

Please send your covering letter and CV to Elizabeth Robertson, Administration and Programmes Manager:

Please also direct any queries regarding the position to the same address.

Wasafiri does not discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender, marital status, parenthood and pregnancy, race, religion, class, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

We encourage applications from all eligible individuals from all backgrounds.

Wasafiri particularly invites applications from writers based in the Midlands, North and Southwest England, which are currently under-represented in our organisation, and from applicants who identify as disabled, LGBTQ, Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Global Majority.

Applications close at midnight on 31st July 2021.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 16th August 2021.



Read this essay by our most recent Writer-in-Residence, Jennifer Wong, on the series of workshops she ran for Wasafiri, and on claiming space as a multilingual writer.