Open Call for Nanjing International Writers Residency 2022 

20 September 2022 - Opportunity
Nanjing is offering 6 virtual residencies in 2022 to writers, poets and translators from all UNESCO Cities of Literature.  

Nanjing International Writers Residency makes a lasting bridge for the city’s literary community to develop mutual understanding with its international counterparts. This yearly program was initiated early 2019 and has hosted 18 writers, poets and translators from the subnetwork. The program has been virtual since the COVID outbreak in 2020.  

Nanjing boasts a literary tradition of over 1800 years. The city served as China’s capital for about 400 years across six dynasties. Its heritages left from those dynasties and its diversified culture today have all contributed to its role as a “most luring destination” for inbound travellers to China. 


The Theme 

The theme for 2022 program is “Rivers and Literature”. Rivers across the world have made significant contributions to culture and civilisation, making themselves a lasting topic for literary creation. Waterways may serve as origins for literary imagination. They may turn into a protagonist in the literary works. And on many occasions they are carriers of literary stories, making cultural communication fluid and far-reaching.  

With “Rivers and Literature” as the theme for Nanjing’s 2022 Residencies, the city hope that participants may draw inspirations from rivers across the world for their literary creation, and promote literary communication at both local and international levels. 


The Timing 

Open call for applications: from 19 September till 21 October 2022 

Residency lasts from 31 October till 30 November 2022 


What We Offer 

  • Virtual tours to cultural landmarks in Nanjing; 
  • A selection of literary activities; 
  • Online interactions with Nanjing writers, poets, translators, literary organisations, and students; 
  • A stipend of 1200 USD for each selected writer. 


What We Expect 

Selected participants are supposed to 

  • Be connected to a UNESCO City of Literature (either a resident, one who works or studies in that city, or has other connections with that city as recognised in writing by a City of Literature office) 
  • Have at least three-years experience in writing, at least one published work (book in print, all genres acceptable), or have received awards that are recognised by your local literary communities. 
  • Be willing to interact with Nanjing’s literary communities, emerging and established writers; as well as to partake in local literary activities; 
  • Write a piece of work in English (no less than 1000 words, or 50 lines in poetry) that is inspired by the one-month virtual residency, or translate Chinese stories, poems or proses into English; (All the virtual writers will retain the copyrights of their works. Please understand the works might be used for promotional purpose by Nanjing Literature Centre) 
  • Be fluent in spoken English, or Chinese; 


Documents for application 

All applicants are supposed to submit 

  • An CV with a passport photo and a life size photo; 
  • Extracts from their published works; 
  • Proof in writing of their connection with a City of Literture, when applicable. 

Please send all the required materials to the following contacts prior to Friday 21 October 2022. 


Lilas YUAN
Focal Point for Nanjing UNESCO City of Literature
Director of Nanjing Literature Center 

Taotao Wang
Project Manager, 

The Selected Writers 2022 will be announced on Thursday 27 October.