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.
What can you write?
The residency is open to creative writers across all genres including fiction, children's fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and playwriting.
What do we cover?
The residency provides:
When can you go?
The 2019 recipient can undertake the residency any time in the calendar year following the announcement of the award provided the Fellow is present in Menton during the 20-27 September 2020. The reason for this is that the 2020 Fellow will be the 50th Fellow to go to Menton and it is planned to hold celebrations there in that week. The Fellow will be asked to participate in that event.
History of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship
For fifty years, since 1970, the Fellowship has allowed a New Zealand writer to live and write for three months or more in Menton in southern France. There, they have access to the writing room in Villa Isola Bella where Katherine Mansfield once lived and worked.
Previous recipients include Paula Morris, Carl Nixon, Kate Camp, Anna Jackson, Mandy Hager, Greg McGee, Justin Paton, Chris Price, Ken Duncum, Damien Wilkins, Jenny Pattrick, Stuart Hoar, Dame Fiona Kidman, Ian Wedde and other prestigious writers such as Bill Manhire, Janet Frame, Witi Ihimaera, Elizabeth Knox, Lloyd Jones, Roger Hall, Marilyn Duckworth, Michael King and Allen Curnow.
The Fellowship is now managed by the Arts Foundation with the support of an Advisory Committee that includes members of the Winn-Manson Menton Trust.
To be eligible for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship you must:
The recipients of the Fellowship will be required to:
We would also be grateful if you:
What we are trying to achieve
The primary aim of the residency is for the writer to work on a project in a new environment, and to complete, or make substantial progress with, a body of writing during the residency.
Other goals include:
How we select
Your application will be assessed by an independent panel chaired by a non-voting member of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship Advisory Committee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
The selection panel will assess which application best demonstrates one or more of the following: