The Baltic Writing Residency


For the uninitiated, Latvia, located in northeastern Europe, is one of the continent’s most beautiful countries. Riga, situated on the Daugava River, and less than twenty miles from the Baltic Sea, is a major seaport and a cultural and industrial center. The old town of Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, contains several medieval structures, including a 13th-century cathedral and guild halls from the 14th century. The city is the seat of the country's largest university and of the Latvian Academies of Art and Sciences, as well as several graduate programs in law and economics. It also has a multitude of cultural institutions, including an acclaimed opera, a symphony orchestra, several theaters, and museums. The winning resident is housed in the Hotel Bergs, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Riga, or in one of its townhouses (toward minimizing the cost of meals, the resident’s room is furnished with a stove). Spouses or partners are welcome to accompany the resident.

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For the uninitiated, in Brora is a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during the summer or fall in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. The cottage is few hundred years old (pre-Highland Clearances), enjoys uninterrupted views southwards over the Moray Firth and provides open access to the beaches, hills, burns, lochs and the beautiful unspoiled sandy beaches. It is a perfect base for hill and coastal walks, scenic drives and touring the Northern Highlands. Towels and linen included; off-street parking available; open fire. Washing machine, dryer, stove/cooker, microwave, and fridge. It is suggested that the writer bring a car with them on the residency. Spouses or partners are welcome to accompany the resident.

The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in the Brora cottage based on a completed application. The Scotland residency does not come with a cash prize.

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The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is offered in collaboration with Sarabande Books and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. Each year two writers will be chosen: one by Sarabande, and one by the Baltic - chosen through this contest. Thus, all information below refers only to the Baltic's process of selecting a Bernheim Writer-in-Residence.

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. The writer receives a $500 honorarium, and resides, for 4 to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin, on the grounds of Bernheim offering all of the modern domestic necessities. The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on Bernheim's overall schedule of visiting artists and writers.

The goal in all of Bernheim’s activities is to help realize its mission of connecting the people with nature. To that end, Bernheim staff will be available to meet with writers to share their area of expertise and to provide insight and knowledge about the forest and arboretum. Access to a car, for local travel, as needed, is provided. The only requirement of the writer, other than residing at Bernheim for the 4- to 12-week period of the residency, is that they take part in one to two readings arranged by the BWR and Bernheim, during their stay.

Applications must be made only by those living outside of Kentucky, and by those writing in English (translations are not admissible).

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