Open Call
Malba Writers Residence 2019 (REM)

Aplication is closed

The Residence Programme is intended for foreign writers, offering them the opportunity to stay 5 weeks in Buenos Aires as part of their professional and artistic development. Each year one call will be made during to cover the residencies of the months of May-June and September-October.

REM stands as a forum for dialogue and literary creation., geographic and political issues, not only through the work and presence of prestigious writers and specialists residing in the country, but also through annual activities and events that count on the Residence Programme as their main management and promotion agent.


Institutional partner

Ampersand Editorial

Selection of applicants

  • Authors willing to apply must have at least two published books (novel, short story, poetry, children's literature, literary non-fiction).
  • Academic papers and self-published works will not be considered.
  • If not Spanish speaker, it is desirable (but not an exclusive condition) that the author has works translated into Spanish.
  • The writer in residence is committed to dedicate his time in Buenos Aires to work on a manuscript. He/she must present a motivation letter and advance a concise and concrete plan to carry out during the stay.
  • An expert panel will select annually the participants in REM.
  • Argentine writers residing in other countries are excluded from selection.
  • It is important that applicants could work independently and move around the city autonomously.

Benefits for the participants

  • Airline tickets from and to their home city
  • An apartment to develop their activities during their stay
  • One stipend of USD 500 intended to contribute to various expenses for the duration of the programme (5 weeks).

Participants commitments

  • Invited participants will have two encounters with general public (lectures, interviews) as a part of their residence activities.
  • MALBA will invite each resident to produce a short text (1000 words) that can be published on the MALBA website.
  • MALBA Literatura will arrange for participants an agenda of activities with local figures and institutions, enabling participants to know the cultural activity in the city. Participation is optional.

Important information

Annual aplication
From 1 November to 12 December, 2018

May-June 2019
September-October 2019

5 weeks

Buenos Aires, Argentina

With independent kitchen and bathroom and a room for work,
Internet connection

Paid by REM
Airline tickets
Stipend of USD 500, only once
Welcome lunch
Activities with local figures and institutions, enabling participants to know the cultural activity in the city

Paid by guest
Medical insurance throughout the complete stay (compulsory)
Personal expenses

REM Honorary committee 2019
John M. Coetzee (Escritor, Literature Nobel Price, South Africa)
Soledad Costantini (Dir. Malba Literatura, Argentina)
Christian Lund (Dir. Louisiana Literature Festival, Denmark)
Valerie Miles (Granta in Spanish, US)
Jorge Monteleone (Writer and researcher, Argentina)

REM Coordinator
Magdalena Arrupe



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