Opportunities from the City of Literature Office

The Booksellers in Residence initiative is now open for applications

The Booksellers in Residence is a chance for booksellers from Melbourne, and across Victoria, to spend a week in a selected iconic bookshop from one of our sibling Cities of Literature!

This is a chance to get in the day to day working of an international bookshop – to observe, to participate and to exchange ideas.

The bookshops are

The selected recipients will receive a return flight and $2000 AU towards travel expenses

The timeline for your trip will be worked out between you and the bookshop and can happen anytime between June 2019 and December 2020


Who can apply?

Please note this funding is available to individuals who are Victorian residents working in a bookshop anywhere in Victoria!


How to apply? 

Applications must be completed online. Please note the online form cannot be saved.

Applications close 5pm on Monday 29th April


Application process.

Applications must address the following questions:

  1. How do you contribute to Melbourne being a City of Literature?
  2. What do you hope to bring back to Melbourne from your time overseas?
  3. How will this benefit your professional career?
  4. Which Bookshop would you like to visit and why?

Supporting materials  - There is an opportunity to include in your application a resume and a letter of support ( ideally from your Manager or bookshop owner)


Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria.

  1. The benefit to your professional development
  2. The potential impact on Melbourne as a City of Literature

Applications will be assessed by an independent selection committee of representatives from our sister Cities.

To be eligible, applications must address all questions and criteria, and provide the required support material.

Decisions advised: May 2019


Successful applicants will also need to submit a short report detailing the success or otherwise of the project. Reports are due four weeks after the conclusion of the travel.

Apply here.  Expressions of Interest close 5pm Monday 29th April

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