Thursday, February 07, 2013

Call for applications for 2013 Iowa International Writing Program

Creative New Zealand is calling for applications from ‘rising stars’ and ‘established’ New Zealand writers to take part in the renowned University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) in the United States.

The result of a 20-year partnership between Creative New Zealand and the university, the three-month residency is open to applications from fiction and non-fiction writers, poets and playwrights.  They need to have achieved literary distinction, demonstrated literary talent and broad appeal, and have an interest in contributing to a creative writing culture.

Each ‘Fall’ 30-35 writers from all over the world are hosted in Iowa City to work on their own projects, give readings and lectures, and take part in literary activities, field trips and excursions with other writers.

IWP writers share their literary cultures with others and establish contacts with publishers in the United States.

The program seeks candidates who are comfortable with cross-cultural dynamics and interested in close interaction with artists from diverse cultures.  Participants also have unstructured time to develop their own schedule so flexibility and tolerance should be matched with independence and self-motivation.

In 2012 the residency was awarded to Christchurch-based poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman to work on two new books of poems.

The residency includes travel costs, accommodation and a stipend. It will run from late August to mid-November, 2013 and the recipient will be expected to have completed, or substantially completed, a body of writing.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 8 March 2012.  To find out more about how to apply please go to the Creative New Zealand website ( and also check out the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program online

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