Thursday, December 24, 2009

Seresin Landfall Writers’ Residency Call for Applications

Entries for the 2010 Seresin Landfall Residency close on 31 January 2010.

In 2009 Seresin Estate highlighted its commitment to the arts and creative endeavour
with the development of an annual writer’s residency. Established with Otago
University Press, publishers of Landfall, the Seresin Landfall Residency provides
accommodation for the annual winner of the Residency for six weeks in either
Tuscany or Marlborough.

The Residency is the result of Michael Seresin’s desire to support the work of
Landfall magazine – his father was an early subscriber to Landfall and Michael
has continued the subscription – and the literary arts in New Zealand. “I wanted to
provide a place where writers feel comfortable and can write. We are fortunate to
have access to two beautiful properties, which I hope will provide some inspiration
for a writer during their six week stay.”

The Residency also celebrates the link between the world of wine and creative
endeavour. “Growing and making artisan wine is a creative process and I enjoy the
association between the wine world and the endeavours of the creative world, be it
written, visual, food or music,” says Michael.

The winner of the inaugural Seresin Landfall Residency, novelist, literary critic, poet
and essayist CK Stead, stayed in a Water Mill in Gaiole, Tuscany. The diary of his
stay will be published in Landfall 219 in May and the winner of the 2010 Residency
will also be announced in this issue.

Jenah Shaw, who was awarded a special residency as an emerging writer by Michael
Seresin to celebrate the 2009 establishment of the award, chose to stay at the second
possible location, a cottage at Waterfall Bay in Marlborough, where she completed
her first novel.

Wendy Harrex, Publisher at Otago University Press, says “we hope that this new
partnership with Seresin Estate will give writers a quiet place where they are able to
complete significant projects.”

The Seresin Landfall Residency is open to writers over twenty-one, working in any genre,
who have been previously published. Submissions will consist of a covering letter from the
writer outlining the project, which may be ongoing, along with a CV and up to twenty pages
of sample work. The successful applicant can choose to spend the six-week Residency in
the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, or Tuscany, Italy. The deadline for all entries is 31
January 2010 and full conditions of entry can be found on
Results will be announced in the May 2010 issue of Landfall.

Contact for Michael Seresin:
MJ Loza
Seresin Estate
+64 3 572 9408, 03 570 5037 or 021 93389

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