The Residency

The Randell Cottage Creative NZ Writer in Residence is selected by a Trust-appointed committee to work on an approved project from July to December each year. The deadline for applications is in early November of the previous year, with the successful applicant announced in December. The residency is advertised subject to confirmation of funding from Creative New Zealand’s Arts Grants programme. Grant decisions are expected in early to mid-November.

The French writer is selected by a panel convened by the French Embassy in Wellington to work on an approved project from January to June each year, and applications are made through the Embassy.

Time Frame

The residency for a New Zealand author runs from July to December.

New Zealand applications close on the first Friday in November.

Please email if you need confirmation of an exact date.

Applications for the 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship have closed. Applications for the 2021 fellowship will open on 1 September 2021.

What does the Residency offer?

Rent-free accommodation in the two-bedroom central city cottage, and a stipend, currently set at $27,000.

What are the eligibility requirements?

We’re looking for writers whose work has already been published and well received. We particularly want to hear from mid-career and Māori and Pasifika writers. 

Your proposal may be in any genre, including:

Children’s writing
Other literary non-fiction
Writing on arts topics

The following persons are not eligible for selection:

Employees of Creative New Zealand.
Members of the Arts Council, The Arts Board, Te Waka Toi
and the Pacific Arts Committee.
Students of tertiary institutions working towards the completion of a tertiary qualification.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens by birth, registration, or residency.

What will the selection panel consider when awarding the residency?
Major factors in making the selection will be the literary achievement of the applicant to date, and the ability to produce a work of substantial literary quality.

The Trustees and their advisers will make the final selection.


The writer will be expected to participate in any associated social activities and be prepared to promote the Trust and the residency at every opportunity.

The writer may be required to make the cottage available to the public for a day during the tenancy. Any associated costs, within reason, will be met by the RCWT. The day will be decided at the start of the residency.

The Trust will make every effort to promote the resident writer and his or her work during the residency including on the RCWT website.

A printed acknowledgment and the logo of the RCWT and Creative New Zealand are expected in any published work that results from holding the residency. Logo provided.

Report by writer

Within one month of completing the residency, the writer will provide a report on progress with their project, including any comments on the residency itself.

NB: The cottage is furnished, non-smoking and pet-free.

The residency was tremendous. It is extremely rare for a writer to have a period in his or her life free from financial insecurity. — Peter Wells, inaugural New Zealand Writer 2002.


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The Randell Cottage Writers Trust logo for publicity and media purposes, and for writers to use in their published work following the residency.

The drawing of the cottage in the logo was drawn by architect Martin Hill who was pivotal – alongside the Price family – in the renovation of 14 St Mary Street. The logo itself was designed by Fifi Colston and Mary McCallum in 2009.