Friederike Mayröcker Residence - Call

Literaturhaus Wien, the Vienna House of Literature, a hub for Austria’s literary community, is proud to announce the July 2024 kick-off of Austria’s first poet-in-residence program, supported by the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport. Poets from Europe and the world are invited to apply for a Friederike Mayröcker Residency.

Friederike Mayröcker (1924-2021), one of Austria’s most influential poets, spent the last twenty-one years of her life in an apartment, now managed by the Literaturhaus, in an Imperial-era building in the Fifth District of Vienna. She transformed the 80-square-meter attic apartment with roof terrace into a place that was filled with writing and reading.

Going forward, this unique site shall remain a haven for literature. From January 2025, the apartment will be made available to poets who, like Friederike Mayröcker, create their own cosmos through writing.

The program is open to poets of all ages who follow their own path as regards content, style, and/or form. It aims in particular to promote intercultural exchange and diversity, tracing the evolution of current trends in poetic discourses and concepts in a variety of countries. Poets who take part in the program shall have an opportunity to connect with the Austrian literary community. They shall attend discussions and meetings with authors as well as with representatives of the literary industry.

A dedicated publication platform shall be created on the Literaturhaus homepage, where residents can publish the work they finish during their stay in the original and in translation.

Beneficiaries shall also be invited to take part in the International Festival of Poetry, a new annual collaboration of the Literaturhaus Wien and the International Erich Fried Society, which will launch in June 2025.

Summary of important information:

  • Residencies will be offered five times per year during: January + February,
    March + April, May + June, September + October, and November + December.
  • Beneficiaries must spend at least 80% of the residency period in the Vienna apartment in order to receive the grant.
  • Each year, a three-person international jury shall choose the winners of all five stipends.
  • The stipend includes, alongside use of the apartment: A EUR 2,000/month allowance for expenses, refund of round-trip travel to Vienna, two “31 days Vienna” public transport tickets, travel and health insurance for the duration of the residency.
  • Please note that applicants may not live permanently in Austria.
  • Partners and/or children are welcome to accompany beneficiaries.
  • The appartment is not barrier-free accessible.

Application—in German or English:

All applicants must have at least one independently published work (book, E-book, DVD, CD) in German or English or in German or English translation.

  • CV including list of publications
  • Cover letter (1 A4 page maximum)
  • Description of the project planned during the residency
  • Declaration of the preferred time period for the residency
  • Application deadline for 2025: August 31, 2024
  • Email applications as a PDF to:

Please note that applications may only be sent by email and in PDF format to the above address.

Documents will not be returned.

All applicants will receive notification in writing of the results. Please note that no verbal explanation for the jury’s decision shall be offered.

Applications that arrive after the deadline will not be considered.

Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision at the latest by November 30, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact the project director,
Dr. Anne Zauner: