Call for applications to

H.A.L.D. 2014
[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 14 – to August 11, 2014.

Four foreign* authors and eight to ten Danish authors (four at a time) 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 foreign authors who have had at least two books of fiction or poetry published

The authors who are chosen to attend the H.A.L.D. programme are offered a chance to write in an old house located in a beautiful environment and will thus be able to benefit from meeting other authors in an informal setting. Talking in the living room, resting on the terrace in the summer or cooking -maybe together - in the kitchen is all part of a stay at Hald Hovedgaard.

Most days someone from Hald Hovedgaard's staff will be working in the office besides the kitchen, which is the natural meeting point of the house. Visitors of the area of Hald Hovedgaard and people asking for informations on this and that may be passing by every now and again. This means that sometimes there might be a lively atmosphere in the vicinity of the house, other times it might be very quiet.

The last week before The Great Book Day there is going to be some preparatory activities.

Residents are of course not expected to participate in these activities but will have to bear with possible disturbances.

It is expected that chosen authors participate in the Danish Centre for Writers and Translators’ book and literature festival, “St. Bogdag på Hald” (The Great Book Day at Hald), which will be held on August 9, 2014. This could be by attending reading-aloud sessions, meet-the-author sessions or other events during the festival.

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

Besides personal information and a list of publications
the application should 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.

Application form in either word format or pdf-format is to be used for the application (word version here and pdf here).

Applicants are welcome to attach up to a five-page sample of a work-in-progress, but this is optional.

Applications must be in English.

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

for applications from authors from abroad is April 1, 2014.

Applicants can expect a reply 2-3 weeks after the deadline.

The H.A.L.D. residency programme is supported by DIVA – the Danish International Visiting Artists Exchange Programme, a programme administered by The Danish Arts Council (link to text in English). This means that the four chosen authors will receive a sum of DKK 10,000 to cover other expenses, such as food, travel insurance, health insurance and possibly visa fee.

The four chosen authors will also receive a refund of up to DKK 5,000 (DKK 7.000 overseas) for travel expenses.

* Authors of all nationalities are welcome, but Nordic speaking authors are referred to our normal residency program.