Writers in Residence 2017

The submission period for our Writers in Residence 2017 programme opens on 4th January 2016 and closes on 1st June 2016. This is a postmark deadline.

The submission rules are as follows:

  1. Entrants must submit a one page CV/biography, a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider, a 250 word statement about their take on (re)defining ‘liberal values’ and 250 words on the work that they plan to do at the Library as well as their idea for an evening event and day masterclass. 
  2. Submissions should be sent to Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF, and should be marked ‘Writer in Residence 2017’. Please note that no correspondence can be entered into.  
  3. Prose fiction and creative non-fiction, poetry, screenplays and drama are all eligible for submission.
  4. Submitted texts must have been published in the last three years, and must have been published in English.
  5. We accept manuscript submissions accompanied by evidence of a contract and publishing schedule. Please contact Katharine Easterby (katharine.easterby@gladlib.org) to submit. Please note that no correspondence can be entered into.  
  6. Academic monographs are not eligible for Writer-in-Residence and should be submitted to the Library’s scholarship programme.
  7. We do not accept self-published authors of any kind.
  8. Entry is free and limited to one entry per author.
  9. You cannot enter under a pseudonym.
  10. Winners will be notified by the end of September and invited to a launch event at the National Liberal Club.
  11. Winners agree to take part in publicity activity and abide by Library rules during tenure.
  12. Situated just six miles from Chester, Gladstone’s Library is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William Ewart Gladstone. It is home to a unique collection of more than 250,000 printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with resources for creative study including renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials. For more information about the Library, please visit the Library’s website: www.gladstoneslibrary.org

'You are looked after well - the food is delicious, the accommodation, with writing desk, is comfortable, quiet and spotless. But it is the library that drew me, [...] I wrote so much, and am sure the magic will work again' (Vanessa Gebbie, 2013)