OPEN to ALL applicants writing in English, regardless of where that applicant is located or from. 

While we accept applications all year round, the deadline for the Brora, Scotland residency has been extended to September 15. (translations are admissible). Along with housing, the winner now receives $500.

The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during summer or fall, in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. It enjoys uninterrupted views southwards over the Moray Firth and providing open access to the beaches, hills, burns, lochs and the beautiful unspoiled sandy beaches. It is a perfect base for hill and coastal walks, scenic drives and touring the Northern Highlands.

  A short drive will take you to Loch Brora with its superb Pictic sites or up the more rugged Glen Loth to the lookout point on the shoulder of Beinn Dhorain. The area abounds with an interesting array of wildlife including Arctic Terns, Herons, Cormorants, and Otters on the River Brora. Deer abound on the surrounding hills and can be seen near Loch Brora.

  Towels and linen included; off-street parking available; open fire. Washing machine, dryer, stove/cooker, and fridge. It is suggested that the writer bring a car with them on the residency.

  The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in the Brora cottage based on a completed application. The residency does not come with a cash prize. Applications for the SWR are chosen by a peer-review committee. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following as ONE PDF or Word.  We are more than open to genre writing (YA, sci-fi, romance, thriller, crime, &c.).

  For the Scotland Writing Residency all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through (creating an account is free and quick):

* 20 pages of fiction, CNF (double-spaced), or playwriting.

  * A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.

  * Contact Information for two references.

* $22 fee.

  Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). Again, applications must be received by August 15. You can email with any questions you might have. 

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