The Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program is accepting submissions from emerging Canadian writers for a 10-month residency at the University of Calgary from August 15, 2011 to June 15, 2012.

Housed in the Faculty of Humanities, the residency provides a unique opportunity for Canadian writers to devote their time to writing and to advancing their writing careers. Past Canadian Writers-in-Residence include Charlotte Gill, Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, Melanie Little, Natalee Caple, and Robert Finley. The current Writer-in-Residence is Marcello Di Cintio.

Candidates should have between one and four published books, and preferably, but not necessarily, hold a university degree. The residency involves time for writing, manuscript consultations, public presentations, assistance with hosting visiting writers, and related duties. While the Canadian Writer-in-Residence may be invited to visit university classes, this is not a teaching position.

The Markin-Flanagan program offers writers one of the highest paid residencies in North America. Residents are provided with an office and administrative support.

Submissions should include a curriculum vitae; published books; a statement of interest in the residency; a single page description of projects to be undertaken during the residency; and three letters of reference (preferably not from agents or publishers).

Please send your submission by mail or courier to Daniel Maher, Interim Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Room SS 1352, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4 by Monday, February 15, 2010. Please reference ANN 2011 – 2012 in your application.

For information on the Markin-Flanagan program, visit, or contact Janice Lee at 403.220.8177 or

The Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers by providing them with time to write through a 10-month residency program. It also enriches the Albertan and Canadian literary scenes by hosting authors of international stature through a distinguished visiting writer residency.
The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.



For more information:

Janice Lee
Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program
Faculty of Humanities, University of Calgary
Ph: 403.220.8177

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