Applications forms are now available for two of the National Library of Scotland's international competitions.
Published writers who were born in Scotland or currently live here are invited to apply for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2006. The fellowship provides two months' residence at the Hôtel Chevillon International Art Centre at Grez-sur-Loing. Here the successful applicant can develop their creative work away from their usual environment, and exchange ideas and experiences with other artists. Travel and accommodation are paid for, and a grant is made to cover living expenses. Applications should be submitted by 1 September 2005.
Open to entrants from continental Europe as well as the UK, the Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition encourages the practice and development of craft binding skills. Two prizes are offered - best competition entrant and best student entrant - for bookbindings that are outstanding in their originality and individual expression. Each year the winning entries are added to the Library's collection of fine bindings. The closing date for the 2005 competition is 1 October.
21 June 2005