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Open Call: Photoworks Writer in Residence 2021

Open Call: Photoworks Writer in Residence 2021

Applications for the 2021 Writer in Residence are now open.

Each year we appoint a writer in residence to contribute to five editions of Photography+, our online magazine. This popular digital publication is read by international audiences and features new writing, imagery, films and podcasts, all giving a new perspective on photography.

As writer in residence you will attend five editorial meetings throughout the year and deliver a total of five written articles (no more than 800 words each), one for each issue of 2021. Ideas for each article will be discussed and agreed in the editorial planning meetings and articles need to be completed to a strict deadline.

The successful writer – who can be based anywhere in the world – should have a working knowledge of contemporary art and a willingness to look beyond photography for inspiration. The opportunity would suit a writer who is looking to develop their practice, work as part of a team and gain experience writing and publishing online.

This is a paid residency with a £1,500 fee. As well as delivering five articles, the writer in residence will need to be available for five editorial planning meetings throughout the year with the Photoworks team.

We work with a copy editor on Photography+ who will edit all content for publication online and our team will help with image research for each article.

How to apply

Application should be submitted via the google form found [here]

  1. Fill in your name and contact details
  2. Upload two examples of your writing in Pdf format (this could be published or unpublished work)
  3. Submit a short statement (maximum 250 words) outlining why this opportunity interests you and what you hope to achieve from it.

The writing examples can be in a range of writing styles and don’t have to be published work.

If you would prefer to submit your short statement in video format this is also acceptable however the video should be no longer than three minutes.

Please note that writing examples will still be required if you are submitting a video application. If you have any issues with your application, please email nicola@photoworks.org.uk

Photoworks strives to be an organisation that represents a broad range of experiences and perspectives. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates who are underrepresented in our sector, including those from minority ethnic backgrounds, with disabilities or socio-economic barriers.

Please complete our online application form below:Application Form

Deadline to apply  is 18  February 9am GMT. 

The residency will begin in late February 2021.

Find out more about Photography+ here.


Do I need to be based in the UK?

You can be based anywhere in the world but should be available five times per year for the editorial planning meetings with the Photoworks team during GMT working hours. These meetings will happen virtually. You will also need to reply to emails in a timely fashion.

Do my writing examples need to be published work?

No, you can submit writing examples of any style and they do not have to have been published before.

Does English need to be my first language?

No, however the written work you produce must be of publishable quality. We work with a copy editor and will support each writer to help them develop their skills.

Will I be required for in person meetings? 

No. We are happy to work with you remotely via Zoom, phone and email. Our last writer in residence was based in Asia.

Do I need to produce art criticism or can my writing take another form? 

We are open to all styles – we are open to applications from poets, fiction writers, essayists, critics or features fans and more.

Can I apply if I am a student or working full time?

This is a freelance role so you can work this as suits you but we would need to reach you as outlined above for virtual meetings and copy deadlines. Students (over 18) are welcome to apply.

If I have published a lot of work in major magazines or online outlets should I apply? 

In order to provide the greatest impact, this opportunity would be suitable for a writer who is developing their career and is willing to see this as an experience to learn, experiment and develop their writing practice. You must be over 18 years of age but there is no upper age limit.

I am dyslexic. Will I get support?

The successful applicant will have our full support all the way, from our editorial, digital and curatorial team members and we are happy to work with any accessibility requests of the successful applicant. Our copy editor is also on hand to help. Please flag any support you may need in your application.

This sounds like such a great opportunity but I’m nervous to apply as I have not done anything like this before. 

We see the writer in residency position as an exciting opportunity for someone to develop as a writer. Many applicants will be in the early stages of their career and may not have done anything like this before. The successful applicant will have our full support throughout the year long residency.