Call for UNESCO City of Literature Wonju Residency 2024

30 April 2024 - News

Wonju City of Literature offers a chance for one writer from cities of literature to come to Wonju and stay at Toji Cultural Centre for eight weeks, as Wonju City of Literautre’s international level contribution to the cities of literature sub-network, designed to promote the understanding and the friendship of cities of literature.

In the call of 2024, just like the call out in previous years, one writer from UNESCO Cities of Literature and/or who has a close connection to cities of literature will benefit from this Wonju Residency 2024.


Residency Call Details

  • Closing Date of Application: May 31
  • Announcement of Successful Recipient: Before June 27
  • Place for Residency: Toji Cultural Centre
  • Residency Duration: Eight weeks
  • Start Date of Residency: September 1
  • End Date of Residency: October 31
  • Round-trip Air Ticket Provided
  • Transportation on arrival and departure dates provided
  • Organic meals are provided at the cafeteria of Toji Cultural Centre
  • Writing Room: One Room at Toji Cultural Centre provided

How to Apply

1.        Let us know about yourself

2.      Let us know about your literary works, achievements, awards, etc.

3.       Let us know about your literary world

4.      Let us know about why you would like to visit Wonju!


Please note that those interested in the Residency have to write a document of more than 1,000 words but not more than 2,000 words (in font size 11 to 12), reflecting on all the subjects above. Disproportionate emphasis on only one or two subjects is not encouraged, a balanced approach to each subject is highly recommended. Additional portfolio and materials will not be accepted and they will not be considered.

Please do not forget to write in the document in which country and which UNESCO City of Literature you are currently living. If you are not currently living in a City of Literature but if you are able to provide a reliable source of evidence suggesting you have lived in a city of literature, the application will be considered, however this will be verified through the contact with a focal point or coordinator of the City of Literature once a final pick is done.


Language and Level

English is a must and applicants should possess the minimum command of B2 level for communication.


Selection and Notification

The 2nd phase of assessment will be based on the submitted document. One final recipient for the Residency will be decided by an independent panel designated by Toji Cultural Centre. Final notification will be available to both the recipient and the coordinator before June 27th.


Requirements during Residency

There are no requirements whatsoever for a successful writer during their stay. We want the recipient just to relax and engage in their creative activity as much and comfortably as possible in such a tranquil environment around Toji Cultural Centre during the Residency. Korean writers and artists will stay at Toji Cultural Centre during the same period, and the writer is highly recommended to form friendship with them during their stay. Approximately sixteen to nineteen writers and artists from Korea and outside of Korea will stay at Toji Cultural Centre from September 1 to October 31. Just like other writers and artists, the selected recipient should follow the rules of living established at Toji Cultural Centre.


Deadline: Please send your application only to no later than May 31.