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2019 Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship

Job details

New Zealand Pacific Studio
2 Aug 2019
Work type
Volunteer, Awards, grants & residencies
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Literature & Publishing


New Zealand Pacific Studio invites applications for the three-week 2019 Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship. 

This opportunity is made possible with the generous sponsorship from individual members of the arts community. 

The purpose of this Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship is to encourage the writing of poetry and, in turn, to honour the Japanese poet and painter Ema Saiko (1787-1861). Writing at a time when it was unusual for women to be included in the rarefied circles of male poets writing in Chinese, Ema Saiko dedicated herself to, and developed, a poetic form centred on the discovery and unfolding of a rich intellectual and artistic life connected to her physical environment. Saiko was acutely attuned to the daily and seasonal transformations of the natural world.    

NZPS welcomes applications from both female and male poets of all cultures – poets who seek a sustained focus on their writing. Applicants can be working in any way and do not have to relate to Ema Saiko in terms of style or content. 

As part of the 2019 Ema Saiko Fellowship, the poet is encouraged to offer an activity for the community, such as a reading, workshop, or lecture. Selection will be based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s proposed project and the degree to which both the Fellow and the local community will benefit from it, although the focus remains on supporting the poet in the serious creation of their work. Applicants can be at any stage in their creative ‘careers.’

Accommodation and local travel costs are sponsored for the three-week fellowship. The successful applicant will need to cover travel costs to and from the Wairarapa and to buy one’s own food while in residence - the residencies are self-catering. In addition, the Fellow should bring any necessary equipment and supplies, or liaise with NZPS about securing them.  

An applicant is welcome to propose a project of more than three weeks in duration, but accommodation and transportation costs beyond the sponsored period would be met by the applicant. Accommodation costs are valued at $420 per week and local transportation at $70/week. 

The residency must be undertaken before 30 June 2020.

Key skills sought:  

Commitment to one’s creative practice; ability to work independently; a desire and ability to connect with a wider audience and community and an interest in a rural environment; 

Fellows may choose to donate a book/chapbook to NZPS or to the sponsor. NZ Pacific Studio is a registered charity. 


How to apply

Please e-mail the following in ONE DOCUMENT (eg Word or PDF) – please keep the file size under 2mb: 

1. Your biography. 

2. A description of your proposed project, its objectives and inspirations, why it is important to you, and any specific requirements you may have. 

3. When you would like to be in residence (up to 30 June 2020). Dates of residency are open to negotiation. If your project requires you to be in residence at a specific time, please make this clear in your application. 

4. A statement of how the 2019 Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time. 

5. A sample of your work (no more than 6 poems / 1,000 words). 

6. The contact details of two Referees whom we will contact if you are shortlisted. 

Applications close midnight 2 August, 2019, NZ time. Apply by e-mail to NZ Pacific Studio,

Written by

New Zealand Pacific Studio

1 Jul 2019

NZ Pacific Studio is a programme that provides creative practitioners with space to work intensively on a project of their design.    We have hosted nearly 500 residents since 2001.  The focus is on creative production and in enabling connections with the community.