Heidelberg City of Literature Writers in Residence Program Opens

14 August 2023 - News

Heidelberg City of Literature are pleased to announce the call for the next round of their Writer in Residency Program which will take place in 2024!

After having had Pippa Goldschmid (UNESCO City of Literature Edinburgh) as our guest in 2018 and Judith Rossel (UNESCO City of Literature Melbourne) in 2020/2022, we are looking forward to welcoming the third writer next year.


About the program

The program is thanks to a grant awarded by the “Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V.” in cooperation with the UNESCO City of Literature Heidelberg for authors from UNESCO Cities of Literature. It will take place in the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg”, at Dilsberg Fortress, in Neckargemünd (approximately 14 km from Heidelberg).

The building served as the Commandant’s quarters of the Dilsberg garrison in the 17th century. The former Commandant’s House was acquired 1996 and renovated by the Rhein-Neckar-District. Since then the “Commandant’s House Dilsberg” has been a center for the promotion of art and culture: exhibitions, chamber music concerts, open-air concerts, readings, symposia and discussion rounds enrich the cultural life of the region. Here, art, music, and literature grant holders find a creative work sphere.

The duration is 3 months.


Total value max. € 3,750 per person:

  • Subsistence allowance of € 1,350 per person (€ 15 per day)
  • Monthly allowance of € 750 per person
  • Travel allowance (international flights, economy class) of up to € 1,000
  • Public transportation ticket for the Rhine-Neckar public transport network (VRN) limited to the duration of the stay


  • Registered residence in a UNESCO City of Literature
  • Publication of at least one book (prose, essay, narration, poetry, etc.) by an official/independent publisher
  • Good to very good knowledge of German and/or English language.
  • Willingness to participate in local literary life (Dilsberg or Heidelberg) e.g. talks with protagonist of the regional literary scene arranged by the grant donors.

How to apply

Please fill out completely the application form on the Heidelberg City of Literature website or send in your application by e-mail by the 17 September 2023 to unesco.creative.city@heidelberg.de.