CELA Project 2 | Call for artists 2019-2023

CELA has officially started its new selection process until October, 15th (2019) . If you are a writer, translator or literary professional, and would like to participate in the new edition, keep reading!

In 2014, seven cultural organizations from six European countries, partnered to act out of the shared concern about the growing gaps in the literary sector. These organisations pointed out the need to build up a platform for talent development that would foster and promote diversity within European literature. Additionally, they noticed the need to provide different literary talents and the tools necessary to succeed in their artistic disciplines, as well as to intervene in the market in order to promote direct translation amongst the different European languages​. In that context, the first edition of CELA emerged, which has been successfully completed for translators, literary professionals and participating writers.

With the aim of continuing to work towards these objectives and continue promoting and connecting new generations of writers, translators and literary professionals, this second edition of CELA (Connecting Emerging Literaty Artists) brings together eleven European cultural institutions from ten different countries and counts, once more, with the support and sponsorship of the European Union through the Creative Europe program.

The second edition of CELA, which will take place between 2019 and 2023, will allow 30 writers, 80 translators and 6 professionals from the world of editing to access a training, editing and promotion program in which some of the best writing schools of the continent will participate: Scuola Holden (Turin, Italy) and Escuela de Escritores (Madrid, Spain). Additionally, there will be also involved some of the most reknown literary festivals  such as Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe (Krakow, Poland) along with some cultural companies led by the Dutch literary producer Wintertuin (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Huis deBuren and Passa Porta (Brussels, Belgium), Goga (Novo Mesto, Slovenia), the Association of Publishers of Romania (Bucharest, Romania), the Czech Literary Center (Prague, Czech Republic), the Municipal Chamber of Óbidos (Óbidos, Portugal) and the KROKODIL Association (Belgrade , Serbia).

The selection process for young writers, translators and literary professionals will be opened until September, 30th (Passa Porta & deBuren/ Belgium), October, 5th (Wintertuin / The Netherlands) and October, 15th (Escuela de Escritores / Spain).

For detailed information about the different selection processes and institutions involved, please, visit the official website of CELA Project 2.

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More about CELA

CELA offers a European context to a new generation of literary creators. The project allows intensive cooperation between European writers, translators and literary professionals with talent in the early stages of their professional career. They have the opportunity to work together on an international scale and present themselves to the European public. CELA offers lower-spread languages ​​a greater opportunity to improve the sound of continental voices in a choir dominated by great singers.

CELA offers participants a four-year training itinerary, tools and a network of contacts in order to facilitate an international career and build a combined professional practice for selected talents. Focusing on capacity building and transnational mobility, we specifically integrate digital opportunities for literature, new ways of generating income and the labor insertion of participants.

The second edition of the talent development program begins in September 2019 and will last until September 2023. In the first years, innovative organizations will jointly select and guide authors, translators and literary professionals, and offer them a training and education program. The program offers the target groups the capabilities, the international network and the necessary materials for the following years: their presentation in the European literary market.

In 2022 and 2023, participants will be presented through international marketing and advertising campaigns, a European tour of festivals and the connection with renowned writers (ambassadors) and literary organizations. With their participation in this project, literary talents will gain access to countless professionals in the publishing industry, such as translators, agents, publishers, event organizers, university professors of literature, ambassadors and official entities, private sector programmers and the public. We will increase the number of contracts for literary creators and the ability of participants to make an international career, as our methods at the national level have demonstrated.