Writers in Residence | Gladstone's Library

Important Announcement for those who have submitted for Writer in Residence 2021:

As of Wednesday 18th March 2020 Gladstone’s Library temporarily closed, to help flatten the curve of Covid-19. In line with the UK government’s financial advice our staff are furloughed for the foreseeable future and this will have an impact on our ability to complete the judging of Writer in Residence 2021.

We usually shortlist by late May, judge in August, and hold the celebration salon in November (25th).  We intend to maintain the November date and move the process back by 8-12 weeks. This will mean that we shortlist in July-August, and judge in October or early November.

Please bear with us as we negotiate our way through this year. We promise we’ll be in touch with you all individually just as soon as we have access again. We love our Writers in Residence; their regular arrivals are some of the highlights of the Library year. Here’s to 2021!

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we need your support now more than ever. We are a not-for-profit, charitable organization and you can support us at this time by: 

Writers in Residence 2021

Open for Submissions Feb 3 - Mar 13 2020!

Submissions are now being taken for our acclaimed Writers in Residence programme. Started in 2010 by author, journalist and salonierre Damian Barr, the scheme has supported over forty writers so far.

Writers at all stages of their career should feel able to apply for Residency. We are proud to say that Residencies have supported some of the finest writers in the English language, whether they won for their seventeenth book or their first.

We are proud of our long tradition of supporting writers through the WiR programme and we are excited to seek out new writers who will come and create their next work at our Library in 2021.

Recent alumni include Sarah Perry, Sophie Mackintosh, William Atkins and Emily Morris. 

Please see our submission guidelines page for more information and terms and conditions.