Irish Writers Centre Cill Rialaig Residencies 2021

Irish Writers Centre Cill Rialaig Residencies 2021

It is with great pleasure that we mark our 30th anniversary by reflecting that this is the seventh consecutive year of IWC Residencies at Cill Rialaig. We cherish this valuable partnership which is so important to writers of Ireland and thank Noelle Campbell-Sharpe and Mary O’Connor at The Cill Rialaig Project for their continuing support.  We also thank Foras na Gaeilge for offering two dedicated Irish language places this year, and, of course, our main funder the Arts Council who provide us with essential core funding to be able to offer these residencies at no cost to the writers.

This is an open call to professional and pre-professional writers who are living on the island of Ireland. The purpose of this residency is to give writers the time and space they need to create new work. This call will award seven writers an individual cottage in Cill Rialaig for a ten-day period from 7 – 17 October, 2021

In addition to working on their own writing, the selected writers are requested to put aside approximately 2 hours at the start and the end of the residency to come together, safely and in-line with COVID-19 social distancing measures, as a focus group to discuss development opportunities that the IWC might explore in the future. Details will be finalised with the seven successful applicants in September.

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There is one wheelchair accessible cottage in Cill Rialaig equipped with a wet room. If you require an accessible cottage please indicate this in your application.


The seven residencies offer all-inclusively free of charge (the IWC will cover heat and light charges for each of the cottages). Expenses incurred by the selected writers will be food and travel. 

Eligibility/ Criteria

You must be a writer resident on the island of Ireland. In this round, we cannot accept applications from writers living abroad.

While all writers who consider themselves to be emerging or professional are invited to apply, we will prioritise IWC Professional and Associate Members in the first instance. However, the quality of your application and your reasons for needing the residency will be very influential in the selection process.

We encourage writers from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Irish literature to apply. We particularly invite applications from Black, POC, Traveller, Roma, LGBT+ and working class writers. We will place a strong focus on ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and socioeconomic status when evaluating the applications for these residencies. We aim to award a minimum of two residencies to writers who identify as belonging to one or more of these categories, regardless of their stage of development as a writer.

This year, with support from Foras na Gaeilge, we will have two dedicated places for Irish Language Writers.  It is our aspiration that, of the seven residencies offered, a minimum of four places will go to professional writers and a minimum of two places to emerging writers, however, this is largely dependent on the number, range and quality of applications.

Past recipients include: Moyra Donaldson, Olivia Fitzsimons, Anthony Glavin, Caelainn Hogan, Aiden O’Reilly, Fiona O’Rourke, Martin Malone, Adam Wyeth

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying please send the following to with Cill Rialaig 2021 Residency in the subject line, collating all documents into one attachment, either Word or PDF.   Please send the below to:

  • A cover letter including your personal details concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the residency. (max. two A4 pages) Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are a professional or emerging writer. 
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  • Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of up to 300 words or between 4 - 6 poems).
  • Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.   

If you are unsure how to demonstrate your track record as a writer, have a look at our Professional Membership criteria here as a guide.

Application Deadline - Wednesday 11th August 2021 at 5pm


The Irish Writers Centre is continually monitoring the developments around Covid-19. We ask all applicants to be aware that this residency opportunity is subject to government Covid-19 measures, and the Irish Writers Centre reserves the right to withdraw this opportunity should the coronavirus situation call for such measures.