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Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship is for an established creative writer to spend three months or more in Menton in southern France to work on a project or projects. The fellowship is administered by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and the selection process is supported by Creative New Zealand.


Closing dates:

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23 Sep 2016

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1. Check your eligibility

Fellowship eligibility

To be eligible for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship you must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who has lived continuously in New Zealand for three years prior to making the application (this requirement excludes any short trips out of the country)
  • be a professional practising writer with a record of achievement
  • have the ability to produce a work of substantial literary quality if awarded the fellowship
  • be an ambassador for New Zealand and for New Zealand literature.

Conditions of fellowship

The recipients of the fellowship will be required to:

  • conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and have the self-reliance and resourcefulness to cope with an overseas residency
  • participate in social activities to promote the fellowship, along with any sponsor, partner or supporter of the fellowship
  • liaise with contacts and maintain the goodwill of all those involved with the fellowship, especially in Menton
  • ensure there is a printed acknowledgment in any published work that results from the tenure of the fellowship
  • attend any fellowship ceremonies and take part in media interviews, publicity and promotion associated with the fellowship. The recipient will also have an artist profile page on the Arts Foundation website, www.thearts.co.nz.
  • insure against sickness, accident and death occurring while overseas and provide a receipt for the premium prior to departure.

For more information about the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship visit www.thearts.co.nz/katherine-mansfield-menton-fellowship

2. See what's funded


The primary aim of the residency is for a writer to work on a project in a new environment, and to complete, or substantially complete, a body of writing during the residency.

Other expected benefits include:

  • developing the potential of the writer through exposure to new cultures and new ideas
  • an increased awareness in France of New Zealand literature.


The residency is open to creative writers across all genres including fiction, children's fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and playwriting.

Costs covered

The residency provides:

  • a grant of $35,000 to cover travel to Menton, insurance, living and accommodation costs. Half will be paid prior to departure and the remainder on confirmation of arrival in Menton
  • a room in the basement of Villa Isola Bella is for use as a study. Accommodation is not available at the villa. In recent years writers have made their own accommodation arrangements, most recent details of which are shared by the previous fellow. Details of this arrangement will be provided to the successful candidate.

Katherine Mansfield spent long periods at Villa Isola Bella in 1919 and 1920 after she contracted tuberculosis. The climate in southern France was thought to be beneficial to her health.

Previous recipients

See previous recipients of the fellowship

3. Make an application

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How to apply

Your application can be emailed or provided in hard copy format. Please note you can not apply through Creative New Zealand's online portal.

It must include:

  • your reasons for wishing to be resident in Menton
  • projects or activities you wish to pursue during the residency
  • your availability to be resident in Menton for a period of no less than three months before December 2017
  • confirmation of your availability to deliver the annual Menton Report (previously the Mansfield Lecture) within six months of returning to New Zealand.

Support material

Do not send original material. Creative New Zealand does not return support material and accepts no liability for the loss of materials or examples contained in an application.

Writers are advised not to send copies of their previously published books, extracts of work from non-related projects, or newspaper clippings relating to their CV.

What to include in your application:

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Conditions of the fellowship, signed
  3. A covering letter
  4. A written proposal of the work to be undertaken in Menton.
  5. Details on how this residency will develop your career, provide a new direction or otherwise impact on your work.
  6. Resumé/literary CV including published work, awards, and professional history.


How, when and where

Proposals can be submitted by email to kmmfellowship@creativenz.govt.nz

Your proposal document and all support material must all be submitted together in one email and arrive before 5pm on 23 September 2016.

Important: we will not match information that arrives in separate emails or after the closing date.

All files should be clearly named and in PDF, Word or Excel format. Total email size must not exceed 20MB.

Hard copy proposals can be submitted by courier to:

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship
Senior Adviser, Literature
Creative New Zealand
Aorangi House, Level 10
85 Molesworth Street
Wellington 6011

Or by post:                                                                                             

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship
Senior Adviser, Literature
Creative New Zealand
PO Box 3806
Wellington 6140

Keep any courier receipts with track and trace information until you have received our acknowledgement.

Hard copy proposals require seven printed copies.

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

  1. Your application will be assessed by an independent panel chaired by a person appointed by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, which manages the award.

  2. Creative New Zealand administers the application process for the fellowship in partnership with the Arts Foundation.

Assessment criteria

The selection panel will assess which application best demonstrates one or more of the following:

  • how the fellowship will develop the career of a writer whose work has already made a considerable impact, or
  • how the fellowship will contribute to a new career direction for a senior writer
  • whether the fellowship is an opportunity for a successful writer who has had little previous opportunity to travel
  • the likely impact the residency will have on the writer’s work
  • how the writer will contribute to the promotion and continuance of the fellowship.

5. Notification of results

We will notify all applicants of the results by email by the end of October.

If you are successful, the Arts Foundation will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date. The Arts Foundation will advise on the content of this report, which will be presented to the Arts Foundation.​

7. Who to contact

Senior Arts Adviser — Literature
Malcolm Burgess
Phone: (04) 498 0707
Email: malcolm.burgess@creativenz.govt.nz