The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship is for an established creative writer to spend three months or more in Menton in southern France to work on a project or projects. The fellowship is administered by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and the selection process is supported by Creative New Zealand.
To be eligible for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship you must:
be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who has lived continuously in New Zealand for three years prior to making the application (this requirement excludes any short trips out of the country)
be a professional practising writer with a record of achievement
have the ability to produce a work of substantial literary quality if awarded the fellowship
be an ambassador for New Zealand and for New Zealand literature.
Conditions of fellowship
The recipients of the fellowship will be required to:
- conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and have the self-reliance and resourcefulness to cope with an overseas residency
- participate in social activities to promote the fellowship, along with any sponsor, partner or supporter of the fellowship
liaise with contacts and maintain the goodwill of all those involved with the fellowship, especially in Menton
- ensure there is a printed acknowledgment in any published work that results from the tenure of the fellowship
- attend any fellowship ceremonies and take part in media interviews, publicity and promotion associated with the fellowship.
- The recipient will also have an artist profile page on the Arts Foundation website, www.thearts.co.nz.
insure against sickness, accident and death occurring while overseas and provide a receipt for the premium prior to departure.
The primary aim of the residency is for a writer to work on a project in a new environment, and to complete, or substantially complete, a body of writing during the residency.
Other expected benefits include:
developing the potential of the writer through exposure to new cultures and new ideas
an increased awareness in France of New Zealand literature.
The residency is open to creative writers across all genres including fiction, children's fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and playwriting.
The residency provides:
- a grant of $35,000 to cover travel to Menton, insurance, living and accommodation costs. Half will be paid prior to departure and the remainder on confirmation of arrival in Menton
- a room in the basement of Villa Isola Bella is for use as a study. Accommodation is not available at the villa. In recent years writers have made their own accommodation arrangements, most recent details of which are shared by the previous fellow.
- Details of this arrangement will be provided to the successful candidate.
- Katherine Mansfield spent long periods at Villa Isola Bella in 1919 and 1920 after she contracted tuberculosis. The climate in southern France was thought to be beneficial to her health.
Your application will be assessed by an independent panel chaired by a person appointed by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, which manages the award.
Creative New Zealand administers the application process for the fellowship in partnership with the Arts Foundation.
The selection panel will assess which application best demonstrates one or more of the following:
- how the fellowship will develop the career of a writer whose work has already made a considerable impact, or
- how the fellowship will contribute to a new career direction for a senior writer
- whether the fellowship is an opportunity for a successful writer who has had little previous opportunity to travel
- the likely impact the residency will have on the writer’s work
- how the writer will contribute to the promotion and continuance of the fellowship.
Notification of results
We will notify all applicants of the results by email by the end of October.
If you are successful, the Arts Foundation will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and reporting requirements.
A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date. The Arts Foundation will advise on the content of this report, which will be presented to the Arts Foundation.
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