Open Call for Writers. Three writers selected. One full grant.

In the context of 
Saint George’s Day, Jiwar celebrates a month devoted to writing hosting 3 writers and developing an special program around writing and literature.

  • All genders: fiction, non fiction, poetry, prose, theatre, cinema, …

  • The communication language during the residency will be English. That doesn’t mean it has to be the writing language of the selected writers but all participants have to be able to speak in English to communicate and share experiences.
  • 3 writers selected.
  • 1 full grant residency (hosting & travel, not meals) for one writer

  • Deadline: The 12th of February 2018 at 23h59 Barcelona time
  • Send your application to


Saint George is celebrated by various Christian churches and by several nations, kingdoms, countries and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. However, in Catalonia this celebration has a special meaning. Roses (traditionally given to lovers) have been associated with this day since the Middle Ages, but the giving of books is a more recent tradition originating in 1923, when a bookseller decided to promote the festivity as a way of commemorating the almost simultaneous deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23th of April 1616. From a long time, La Diada de Sant Jordi became an important Catalan celebration held on 23rd April. Barcelona has now been granted the tittle of the “City of literature” (UNESCO creative cities network) and Jiwar loves to honor that once a year by bringing together writers from different imaginaries and cultures.


The program includes the following proposed components:

– A public reading. Writers are invited to read samples of their work.

– Meetings with writers and publishers from Barcelona.

– A visit to the main Catalan Institutions.

– If interested, writers are invited to share their work with the students of the High Schools of our neighbourhood.


  • Applications can be in ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH & CATALAN
  • a short CV
  • a sample of recent work representative of the writing of the candidate work (not more than 2 pages). If the writing language is not one of the aforementioned languages, we need to have at least one sample translated into one of these languages.
  • a short description of the project that the candidate intends to develop during their residence
  •  languages spoken by the candidate


2 of the 3 selected artists participate in the cost of the project. One writer from an emerging country will be granted with the flight ticket and a full stipend residency (meals not included) .

The fees are 1.150€ or 1.250€/month depending of the studio room size.

That includes:

– Our support and coordination and Jiwar member’s fee.

– Comfortable Housing in Jiwar Residency. 4 individual study rooms and a lot of shared spaces: gallery, library, garden, well fitted kitchen and many facilities such as wi-fi, regular and thorough cleaning etc.

– Information on cultural events in Barcelona depending on the interests of the resident


Photography Credits: Tash McCammon