Call for Unbound Writer in Residence

Call for Writer in Residence


Following a wonderfully received 20 week residency with author Jan Carson, Open Book is looking for a Writer in Residence as part of their latest Unbound project. 


The residency will run from November – May 2021 and include six texts (one a month, 500-1000 words in length), to be included in our Unbound  newsletter, as well as a single community engagement session in a format to be agreed. The fee for the Writer in Residence post is £750. 


Applicants should familiarise themselves with our previous Unbound newsletters and the work of our previous writer-in-lockdown. Details here


The contributions will be read by recipients of Unbound, may be used as materials for our shared reading and shared reading+creative writing groups and may form the subject of a monthly podcast recorded by Claire Urquhart and Marjorie Lotfi. The newsletter has the purpose of connecting our subscribers at a time when we’re not able to meet in person. Readers have described it as a “cave to escape into” and an “oasis”. 


These issues of Unbound will each centre on a theme, determined by new writing selected for each issue. Open Book will provide these broad themes to the Writer in Residence so that the contributions can tie into these themes wherever possible.


Applications for this post are sought by 5pm on Friday 23 October. The successful applicant will be notified on Friday 30 October, with the first contribution due on Friday 13 November.


How to apply


Please send a short email noting the kind of writing you’d like to produce for the six contributions, plus a short sample of your writing (approx 500 words) to The successful applicant will be notified by email by 5pm on Friday 30 October.


Terms and conditions

  • Successful applicants will be notified by email. Open Book will also announce the winners through their social media channels and website and as such will require consent to release winners names. 
  • While copyright will be retained by the writer, Open Book will require a copyright licence to reproduce the pieces including but not limited to use them in the Open Book Unbound  newsletter, with our online and in person groups, and in podcasts produced by Open Book for a calendar year from publication. 
  • Payment will be made in two tranches, 50% on receipt of the first contribution, and an invoice, by Open Book with the final 50% on delivery of the final piece (with an invoice).


Supported by The Bank Of Scotland Foundation