The Czech Literary Centre, established in January 2017, is a state-funded organization supporting and promoting Czech literature abroad and in the Czech Republic. The centre is a section of the Moravian Library. It runs the bilingual website czechlit.cz with information about books, authors, grants and residencies and acts as an information hub for foreign publishers, translators, Czech studies specialists, event organizers and others interested in Czech literature.
The Czech Literary Centre:
- provides grants for authors to attend cultural events abroad
- organizes residencies Czech authors, foreign translators and Czech studies specialists
- cooperates on international literature and translation projects with partner institutions abroad and in the Czech Republic
- holds the annual Susanna Roth Award for young translators of Czech literature
Czech Literary Centre offers individual residencies in Brno and Prague. In Prague we offer a flat with balcony in a city center in cooperation with the Czech Scout Foundation. The resident in Brno is accommodated in an apartment located directly in the Moravian Library. The centre hosts in the Czech Republic every year on average 12 residents. International residents are introduced to the literary and cultural scene in Prague, as well as to new professional contacts. The centre provides free access to the National Gallery in Prague and Brno and organizes literary events with selected residents. The stay in Brno includes unlimited access to the Moravian Library’s collections.
Foreign translators of Czech, Czech studies specialists and literary scientists with an interest in Czech culture can apply for study/creative residencies lasting 3 or 4 weeks. The residents receive an accommodation in the residency flat in Prague/ Brno and an allowance of 250 EUR/6500 CZK per week. There are no restrictions on age or target language for translations.
The residency is intended to provide the successful applicant with time for creative work or research and the chance to meet the translated author and become more familiar with the Czech literary and cultural scene. The applicant should be willing to participate in local literary life (taking part in events held or arranged by the organizer). During the residency, the successful applicant is expected to work on a translation or research project. Potential residents need to apply within an open call. The applications are assessed by the Committee.
Deadlines for applications:
Oct 31 – for residencies in March, April, May
May 31 – for residencies in September, October, November
Please find more information at the link: https://www.czechlit.cz/en/grant/clc-residencies/.
ADDRESSES & CONTACTS
Národní dům – nám. Míru 9
120 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic