Writing residency at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin 2024 - Bicherfrënn Grant (call closed)

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg in partnership with the Lëtzebuerger Bicherfrënn – Les Amis du Livre a.s.b.l. and with the National Literature Archives (CNL), is offering writers a 2 months residency at the Literarisches Colloquium in Berlin based on a call for applications. The writer will benefit from a housing workshop at the LCB as well as financial support.

The Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB), founded in 1963 by Walter Höllerer on the shores of Lake Wannsee, hosts writers, translators and publishers from all over the world. As a reflection forum, an experimentation workshop and a talent incubator, this internationally renowned literary institution does not merely organise readings, seminars and literary meetings. The LCB also encourages exchange and interaction with foreign institutions, thus guaranteeing continuous and rich literary mediation beyond linguistic borders.

This residency gives writers the time and freedom to pursue their creative work in progress with peace of mind. However, they may be asked to attend a few professional or public meetings and their agreement will be required. The writers-in-residence are supported in their desire to discover writers, publishers, venues, audiences and events locally.

This residency is awarded under the terms and conditions set below.


Kultur | lx grants the writing residency based on a call for applications to all writers, without age limit, who can demonstrate a significant professional background, and who are Luxembourg nationals or residents of Luxembourg.

All applications must be submitted via the online application form only. Any other document sent by post shall not be accepted.

Final registration date: October 8, 2023 at 23:59 CET.

Residency terms

The laureate shall be staying for 2 months in one of the eleven fully equipped housing workshops at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. The duration is to be agreed upon between the laureate and the LCB and may be split into 2 periods maximum, depending on LCB availability.

The laureate agrees to respect the dates of the residence and the general rules.

Material and financial terms

Will be made available to the laureate:

  • A studio;
  • a grant: a residency allowance of EUR 5,600;
  • Flat fee for transport and daily expenses: a flat rate of EUR 1200.

The laureate must have health and repatriation insurance during his stay in Berlin.

Organisation and selection panel

The application is free of charge and unpaid.

The selection of the laureate shall be made following:

  • A pre-selection phase based on the examination of all applications by a committee made up of leading figures from the Luxembourg cultural scene, and
  • The final decision made by the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin management team.

The selection panel shall award the residency based on the relevance and integrity of the artistic approach.

The selection panel’s decision is final. The selection panel may decide not to award a residency if they consider that the submissions are not relevant to the award.

All applicants shall be notified by email.

The jury for the selection is made-up with :

  • Christiane Krier (Lëtzebuerger Bicherfrënn)
  • Frank Hansen (Lëtzebuerger Bicherfrënn)
  • Tim Reuter (Centre national de littérature)
  • Sébastian Thiltges (Université du Luxembourg)
  • Jeff Schinker (author, laureate 2023)
Required documents

Interested applicants should provide:

  • a cover letter;
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s ID card;
  • a healthcare registration certificate (social security affiliation statements) issued by the relevant social security body;
  • a curriculum vitae and an updated bibliography of the applicant;
  • a letter of intent describing the writing project and the workshop themes (3 to 5 DIN A4 pages);
  • an Art portfolio including visuals, texts, press reviews;
  • Works, documents, texts already produced.

Only complete forms submitted before the deadline shall be considered.

The laureate’s obligations

The laureate shall spend 2 months in Berlin writing and researching.

Partnership with the Centre national de littérature
Under the terms of this agreement, The National Literature Archives offers the opportunity to the laureate to write a “Bourglënster Ried” published in the collection Discours sur la littérature/Rede zur Literatur/Literary Talks series. Publication costs are fully covered by the CNL.

In the case of a partnership, the manuscript must be returned by December 31 of the year in which the grant is awarded. A fee of EUR 1,200 (one thousand two hundred euros) is paid to the Author at the time of publication. The Author will also receive 20 copies of the book, with a planned print run of 250 copies. Copyright in the publication remains with the Author.

On his return, the laureate may be invited to attend a professional or public meeting, according to the programme drawn up jointly by Lëtzebuerger Bicherfrënn and the laureate.

At the end of the residency, the laureate is required to submit a detailed report to Kultur | lx, which shall be shared with the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, the National Literature Archives, and the Lëtzebuerger Bicherfrënn – Les Amis du Livre a.s.b.l. Failure to submit the report may lead to Kultur | lx demanding full or partial reimbursement of the grant.

The laureate consents that information about him/her (bibliography, excerpts) may be published on the website and in the communication materials published by Kultur | lx.

The laureate agrees to mention Kultur | lx and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin during the presentation of the works resulting from this residency as well as in any communication related to this residency.

Consent and obligations

By submitting an application, applicants declare that the information provided is complete and accurate. Candidategrant all members of the jury access to their personal data. Applicants authorise the jury to verify the accuracy of all of the information contained in their application. In the event that any information provided by the applicant is incorrect, the applicant agrees that Kultur | lx reserves the right to exclude the application. The recipient of the residency shall grant Kultur | lx permission to use their name for promotional and advertising purposes.

Payment of the grant

The amount of the residency allowance is EUR 5,600 and shall be paid as well as a flat fee for daily expenses and transport into the laureate’s personal account in two instalments.

The first instalment of 80% shall be paid upon arrival at Literarisches Colloqium Berlin, which must be notified in writing by the laureate, the second instalment of 20% after submission of the final report.


Kultur | lx expressly reserves the right to cancel at any time and for any reason whatsoever the awarding of grants under these terms, without any applicant being entitled to claim any compensation in this respect.