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Important Announcement for WiR 2021 Applicants (updated 16th February 2021):

We are very pleased to say that we have re-started the judging process, in the hope of awarding residencies that will take place in 2022. 

We will not be re-opening the submission process this year (2021), and the shortlist will be drawn from those who applied in the submission period February-April 2020. This is due to honouring the delayed 2020 residencies - five authors had their residencies cancelled and these have been rescheduled to 2021-22.

If you asked to have your application retained, this will go forward to be considered as part of the shortlist. Everyone who is registered as having applied to have their entry retained will be emailed by the end of February 2021. If you have not been emailed by then and require more information, please email library@gladlib.orgPlease note that Gladstone's is currently operating with a very small team, most of whom are at home. Please bear with us if it takes longer than usual to respond.

8th September 2020 announcement:

We are very sorry to say that our Writer in Residence programme is being suspended until next year. This means that there will be no residences in 2021 other than those postponed from 2020.

We know this is sad news for many of you. Here at Gladstone’s, we know that valuable writing time is more precious than ever and we have tried our best to keep the programme alive in 2020. However, time and finances are against us. Our building will not be open until Spring 2021 at the earliest, and we have to accommodate those writers whose 2019 residencies have been pushed back. Like many arts, heritage, and hospitality institutions across the world we have had to make hard decisions to preserve the Library’s future, and this includes delaying the residency programme.

We have emailed every email address in our applicant database with information on our next steps and what you can do. If you think you should have heard from us, but haven't, please drop an email to enquiries@gladlib.org with 'Writer in Residence 2021' in the subject line.