Application Forms

Applications for the Michael King Writers' Centre residency programme in 2018 have now closed.

The Michael King Writers’ Centre plans to invite applications from New Zealand writers for the 2019 residency programme in approximately September next year. Details will be available on this page.

The Michael King Writers’ Centre provides a year-round programme of residencies at the historic Signalman’s Cottage on Takarunga Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland.

The residency programme for 2018 has been revamped following calls by writers for greater flexibility. Four residencies were awarded in 2017, ranging from eight weeks to six months, but the new 2018 residencies will be available for up to 13 writers, and applicants can stay for as little as two weeks at the centre. A Pasifika residency has also been added to support Pasifika writing.

The residency programme aims to support New Zealand writers and promote the development of high-quality New Zealand writing. Applicants should be established, experienced, mid-career or emerging authors. A publishing record is required. Projects can be in a wide range of genres, including non-fiction, fiction, writing for children and young adults, drama and poetry. 

Writers selected for the residencies have free accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport, use of the writer’s studio and receive a stipend.

Writers from all over New Zealand, including those who live in Auckland, are welcome to apply.

Writers who do not qualify for the supported residency programme are able to apply to be a visiting writer on a paying basis. 

Schedule of residencies and application form

Eligibility Criteria/Terms and Conditions for All Residencies (excluding University of Auckland Residency)

Eligibility Criteria/Terms and Conditions University of Auckland/ Residency 


Hallway inside writers' centre