Chateau Seneffe

After two years of supporting translation through the awarding of grants, Passa Porta is delighted to announce that literary residencies (for translation and writing) will take place from 1 to 31 August 2022.

Supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation with the aim of promoting the translation of French-language Belgian literature and encouraging the international circulation of our authors, these residencies provide translators from around the world with an ideal environment: the renovated outbuildings of the Château de Seneffe (30 minutes by car from Brussels), a serene place in which to work. To ensure that everyone is comfortable, the length of the residencies will be between two weeks (minimum) and one month (maximum).

To support French-language Belgian translators as well, two places will be reserved for them. Two additional places will also be made available to French-speaking Belgian authors, so that they too can create in an environment that facilitates exchanges between authors and translators, with a view to building more bridges between professionals.

Accommodation (with individual workspace) and meals are provided. Residents also receive a per diem of 8 euros for each day of attendance, provided that a publishing house ensures the follow-up of their work.

How to apply?

For translators:

  • Applications must be submitted no later than 15 May 2022, by e-mail, to the following address: seneffe@passaporta.be. Applicants will be informed about their selection around 30 May, after deliberation by the committee.
  • The application must contain:
  1. A presentation of the translation project.
  2. A publishing contract and the agreement of the author(s) or copyright holder(s) (and, if necessary, a translation of these documents in French, Dutch, English, Spanish, Italian or German).
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. The translator’s availability during the residency cycle (minimum 15 days and maximum 1 month, between 1 and 31 August).

For authors:

  • Applications must be submitted no later than 15 May 2022, by e-mail, to the following address: seneffe@passaporta.be. Applicants will be informed about their selection around 30 May, after deliberation by the committee.
  • The application must contain:
  1. A presentation of the writing project (synopsis and extract).
  2. Proof of at least one literary publication, solely in the name of the applicant, from a publishing house meeting the criteria set out in the Charte relative à l'édition professionnelle, a professional publishing charter promoted by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (publications in journals, anthologies, collective or self-published works, as well as scientific or academic publications will not be considered).
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. The author’s availability during the residency cycle (minimum 15 days and maximum 1 month, between 1 and 31 August).

This is a residency in which communal living forms an integral part of the stay. We will therefore be looking for open-minded applicants who are willing to respectfully engage in this experience with their peers.

If you have any questions, please email the residency coordinator, Anne-Lise Remacle, at seneffe@passaporta.be.