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AIR Litteratur Västra Götaland announces literary residency grants

Are you a writer or literary translator? Do you need access to your own workplace? Are you looking for a peaceful work environment and new inspiration? Now you can apply for a one-month residency grant for November 2023, within the framework of AIR Litteratur Västra Götaland. Please apply no later than April 16.

The residency grant includes one month of free accommodation and access to a workplace. The grant is worth 20,000 SEK. Where the host is a library or an independent actor within the cultural field, a writer's fee of 7,500 SEK is also included for a public appearance. The appearance will be organized during the residency, in consultation with the host.

We offer a total of 15 residency grants in eleven locations throughout the Västra Götaland county.


In your application you specify which location you apply for, as your first, second and third choice. The libraries and the independent actors within the cultural field offer one place each. Villa Martinson offers five places.

  • Bengtsfors library (Bengtsfors municipality)
  • Hjo library (Hjo municipality)
  • Kinna library (Mark municipality)
  • Skara library (Skara municipality)
  • Skärhamns library (Tjörn municipality)
  • Villa Martinson in Jonsered offers accommodation and workplace in one of the villas five apartments (Partille municipality).
  • Finnekumla Dance & Artstage (Ulricehamn municipality)
  • Konstepidemin Göteborg (Göteborg municipality)
  • Konstkollektivet Mölndal (Mölndal municipality)
  • Stationen i Svenshögen (Stenungsund municipality)
  • Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts (Tanum municipality)


We accept applications from individuals involved in literature, such as writers and literary translators, from all over the world.
In 2023, we will particularly welcome applications from authors and translators active in the UNESCO network for creative cities in the field of literature, as well as authors and translators active in Sweden's national minorities and minority languages.

Submit your application no later than on 16 April through a digital form available here...



The selection of grants will take place in consultation with the reference group at the Cultural Development Administration and a representative from the host location.

This is included in the residency grant

The Cultural Development Administration will pay compensation to the hosts that covers the following costs:

A grant (20,000 SEK) to the writer
A fee (7,500 SEK) to writers who make a public appearance during their residency
Compensate the host for the rental costs
Other overhead costs for the host

The host will find suitable accommodation and a workplace, appoint a contact person and introduce the grantee to the area. If the host is a library, or an independent actor within the cultural field, the host will also, in consultation with the writer, arrange one public appearance (workshop, discussion, literary circle, seminar) during the residency.

The grants holder is offered free accommodation and workplace for one month. And book and pay for their own trips to and from the residence.

When the residency is concluded, the grantee and the host shall each submit a brief report on the residency in which they describe their work, the type of public event that was arranged, the number of people who attended, and so on.

About AIR Litteratur Västra Götaland

AIR Litteratur Västra Götaland is a residency programme run by the Cultural Development Administration, for writers and translators from all over the world. The purpose is to create time and space for artistic development by offering residencies at several locations throughout the Västra Götaland County. The residencies are made possible through grants, and they focus on artistic exploration and on providing opportunities for inspiration and further development. The residencies should also be shaped by the conditions of the location and the wishes of the host.

This residency grant announcement for 2023 is taking place in collaboration with Villa Martinson in Jonsered, Bengtsfors Library, Hjo Library, Kinna Library, Skara Library, Tjörn Library, Finnekumla Dance & Art Stage, Konstepidemin Göteborg, Konstkollektivet Mölndal, Stationen I Svenshögen, Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts.

The residency at Villa Martinson will take place within the framework of the subproject AIR Litteratur vistelsestipendium. The residencies at the other ten locations are part of AIR Litteratur Bibliotek, a subproject run in collaboration with libraries throughout the region and AIR Litteratur – Plats och Kultur, in collaboration with independent actors within the cultural field in the region of Västra Götaland.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Johanna Lindström
Coordinator of the Literary Residency Programme and Cities of Refuge
The Cultural Development Administration in Region Västra Götaland
076-324 27 71

Therese Ytter 
Consultant literature
The Cultural Development Administration in Region Västra Götaland
070-631 78 84

Eva Fred
Consultant literature
The Cultural Development Administration in Region Västra Götaland
070-652 02 13




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