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Application deadline: 10th July 2024

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce its tenth consecutive year of residencies with Cill Rialaig. Escape your day-to-day life and spend 10 days writing in Cill Rialaig, locally known as “the edge of the world.”

In keeping with goals 1 and 3 of the IWC 2022-2026 strategy, this programme will support professional writers to advance their craft and career. It will also nurture the community of writers that we serve and empower them to create their own networks of support and learning. In turn, we will continue to maintain and develop the organisational partnerships and alliances that advance and extend our work.

Cill Rialaig village, set high on a cliff at the very edge of Western Europe was Phase One of a self-helped three part economic and social plan for the much neglected Gaeltacht area of Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry, Ireland. It involved the rescue and redevelopment of the pre-famine village of Cill Rialaig as a retreat for artists, poets, writers, film makers and composers of national and international repute.

About the Residency

Seven writers will be awarded with a ten-day residency in  Cill Rialaig from Friday 4 October- Monday 14 October 2024 (leaving Cill Rialaig on 14 October). The residencies are all-inclusive. Expenses incurred by the selected writers will be food and travel. To find out more about the residency and see the beautiful and inspiring location of Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry, view their website here.

“…Getting to slow down, inhale the beauty of the landscape, and spend the dark moonlit evenings reading and thinking felt like a generous gift. I was able to return to this work feeling centred, mindful and inspired, but the ultimate inspiration is the mission of Cill Rialaig itself what it offers to artists…” 

– Roe McDermott, 2023 residency awardee

All writers, usually when bouncing between several jobs, fantasise about complete isolation. The dream is to be totally severed from the drudgery of daily life. You couldn’t ask for more of a departure from city living than at Cill Rialaig.”

– Aimée Walsh, 2023 residency awardee

In addition to their own work, we ask that the seven selected writers put aside approximately two hours at the start and at the end of the residency to meet and discuss a programming or development idea that the Irish Writers Centre might undertake in the future.

Selected writers are also asked to provide a written testimonial of their time spent at the residency.

Who is it for?

This residency is for seven writers of any genre or form (including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s/YA fiction), who are resident on the island of Ireland and are over the age of 18. Places are specifically reserved for:

  • In the first instance, professional IWC members are prioritised for all seven places*.
  • Two places are reserved for writers from or living in the North, thanks to the support of the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
  • Two places are reserved for writers writing in theIrish language, thanks to the support of Foras na Gaeilge.

*Professional IWC Membership is our initiative to better support and engage with writers who rely on writing as a source of income. There are a variety of eligibility requirements to qualify for professional membership (you do not need a full book published to qualify). Not yet a member? It is quick and easy to sign up for professional membership once you meet the eligibility requirements. Find out more here.

In exceptional circumstances, we may consider experienced non-professional members for this opportunity. To check your eligibility as a non-member, please look at the criteria for professional IWC membership here. For further queries, please contact

We particularly encourage applications from people who are D/deaf, disabled, LGBTQIA+, Minority Ethnic, Black & Persons of Colour, Roma, a member of the Travelling Community, and from working class backgrounds.

Cill RialaigWhen does it take place?

Friday 4 October, 2024 until Monday 14 October, 2024.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel made up of IWC team members and independent professional writer(s) for eligibility, expression of intent, and the range and quality of writing samples provided.

Selection will be made respecting the priority groupings described in the Who is it For section above.

How to Apply

We ask that all applicants apply via Submittable form by  midnight on Wednesday  10 July, 2024.

We will ask you to submit the following into one .PDF or .doc /.docx document:

  • A cover letter  concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the residency.
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs, postal address, Eircode/postcode and contact number. Please specify if you are from or living in the North and/or if you are writing in the Irish language.
  • Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of no more than 500 words or between 4-6 poems).
  • Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.

Applications that are not collated into one file will be deemed ineligible. 

Submittable is an online platform that the Irish Writers Centre uses to collect and review submissions and applications. To submit your application via Submittable, applicants will need to create a Submittable account. It’s free and easy to use but if you have any issues with Submittable, please email Applications will be acknowledged via an automatic email. If you don’t receive a confirmation of receipt within a day, please contact us to check if your application has gone through.

Due to the volume of applicants we are not in a position to give individual feedback to applicants, unless they have been interviewed, depending on the scheme. This policy extends across all of our calls in the interests of equity and transparency, and because, as a small team, we don’t have the capacity to give individual responses.

See here for further information.

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