Apply now for Residency in Vilnius City of Literature

Keira Brown
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

11 June 2024

Writers, illustrators and translators can spend 4 weeks in Vilnius' iconic arts district working on their creative practice

The Vilnius City of Literature Creative Residency is a programme dedicated to writers, illustrators and literary translators from all over the world, with a focus on the UNESCO Cities of Literature. The purpose of the residency programme is to provide an opportunity for writers, illustrators, and translators to stay in Vilnius for a four-week period and engage in creative work. All selected participants will have their travel expenses covered, be offered accommodation in Vilnius’ iconic Užupis arts district, and granted a scholarship of 500 Euros.

The Residency Location

The residency is located in the heart of Vilnius, adjacent to the old town in the iconic Užupis arts district, at the UMI (Užupis Arts Incubator) on the shore of the historical Vilnia River, and just 500m away from Vilnius Literary House – the office of the Vilnius UNESCO City of Literature. Residents will be asked to participate in two meetings with the local community.

*Please note that there are steep stairs in the two-story studio.


Eligible applicants are writers, illustrators, and literary translators from the Lithuanian language, from the UNESCO Cities of Literature or strong connection to one of the Cities. Applicants must send:
  • a short motivational letter
  • a short biography and bibliography alongside the letter
  • Please send the required documents to no later than 1 July 2024.

    Selection and Participation

    Two residents will be selected for the Vilnius Literary Residency programme in 2024. All applicants will be informed about the selection results by email no later than 15 July. The two set of dates for the residencies are 15 September - 13 October and 15 October - 13 November 2024.

    If you have any questions, please contact Marija: The selected applicant will be notified before the 15 July 2024. For full details on the Residency and application, click here.