Call for applications to

H.A.L.D. 2012
[Housing Authors & Literature, Denmark]

The Danish Centre for Writers and Translators has the pleasure of being able to offer a four-week working residency in the buildings on the beautiful grounds of Hald Hovedgaard, near the town of Viborg, in the period of July 16 – August 13, 2012.

Four foreign authors and eight to ten Danish authors will gather for this period in a writing-conducive environment, where they will have the opportunity to work undistracted in an inspiring literary atmosphere.

This working residency is available to Danish and foreign writers who have had at least two works of fiction published, whether it be prose or poetry.

The application should be one page long, maximum, and contain a short explanation of your motivation for attending this international summer residence programme, as well as a short description of the project that you plan to be working on during your stay. Applicants must also include a bibliography of published works. You are welcome to attach up to a five-page sample of a work-in-progress, but this is optional.

Applications from writers from abroad must be in English, while Danish writers may submit their application in either Danish or English.

Danish applicants are asked to specify whether they wish to participate in H.A.L.D. for one or two weeks and which periode they prefer.

Applications are to be sent to Hald Hovedgaard’s director, Peter Q. Rannes, at

for applications from writers from abroad is April 1, 2012.

Deadline for applications from Danish writers is May 15, 2012.

Applicants can expect a reply 14 days after the deadline.

Obligations for Participants
As with all writers who have stayed as Hald Hovedgaard, the authors who are accepted for H.A.L.D.’s residency program are obliged to submit a short report on their stay after their residency is completed, as well as send a copy of their work-in-progress to Hald Hovedgaard when it is completed and published.

It is also expected that writers participate in reading-aloud sessions, meet-the-author sessions and other events during the Danish Centre for Writers and Translators’ book and literature festival, “St. Bogdag på Hald” (The Great Book at Hald), which will be held on August 11, 2012.

The H.A.L.D. residency program is supported by DIVA – the Danish International Visiting Artists Exchange Programme, a programme administered by The Danish Arts Council (link to text in Danish and English). This means that, besides staying at Hald for free, the four chosen authors from abroad will receive a sum of DKK 10,000 to cover other expenses, such as food, as well as a refund of up to DKK 5,000 (DKK 7.000 overseas) for travel expenses.

Translated by Steve Schein