The Max Margles Writing Residency

In August 2020, an English-language fiction writer from Quebec will spend one month in St Patrick’s Park Lodge, Dublin, Ireland, for the first-ever Max Margles Writing Residency!

The successful applicant will spend four weeks in the Lodge: a self-contained artist’s residence and studio located in St Patrick’s Park, situated beside St Patrick’s Cathedral. The aim of the residency is to provide time and space for a Quebec writer to reflect, research, and write as they need.

The Residency includes:

  • Round-trip flights from Montreal, Quebec to Dublin, Ireland.
  • Accommodation at St Patrick’s Park Lodge, on the grounds of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
  • A stipend of $2,000 CAD for the writer.
  • Living expenses ($42 per day).
  • Travel and medical insurance.

About Max Margles

Max Margles loved to read. He was an in-depth reader, seeking out books that were well-written and engrossing, relevant and meaningful. He kept two Rolodex files – one arranged by author, the other arranged by title. On these small cards, in his meticulous printing (he was a structural engineer), he summarized the nature of the book, the plot, and provided his eloquent assessment of the work.

When Max died suddenly in 2004, his widow Roslyn looked for projects to endow in Max’s memory. Since the couple have no children, Roslyn carries on this mandate with vigor and pride. She established a Max Margles Endowment Fund at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, sponsoring an annual lecture by outstanding literary authors. Recent guests have included Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Salman Rushdie, with Ian McEwan and Colson Whitehead coming to read in 2020.

We were delighted when Roslyn approached QWF to find out how she might support English-language literature in Quebec. After extensive research and intense – and enjoyable – discussions, Dublin, Ireland, was chosen as a location for the pilot project in 2020. If all goes well, Mrs. Margles is looking forward to establishing an endowment to support an annual Max Margles Writing Residency in this city rich with literary history.

The project will keep Max’s memory alive, provide an opportunity for Quebec writers to spend meaningful time in a space in which they can contemplate and create, and support a significant new contribution to English-language culture in Quebec.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to partner with the Irish Writers’ Centre, University College Dublin, MoLI (Museum of Literary Ireland) and Dublin City Council for this project.

Application Timetable

  • Applications open: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Application deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Announcement of successful participant: Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Residency begins in Dublin, Ireland: Saturday, August 1, 2020
  • Residency ends in Dublin, Ireland: Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • Debrief: September 2020

Eligibility criteria

In 2020, the Max Margles Writing Residency will be offered to a writer of prose fiction, resident in Quebec, with a writing practice primarily in English. No history of publication is required: candidates will be considered on the strength of their applications and evidence that the residency will be of particular benefit to the writer at this time in their career.

The writer will be expected to deliver one public activity with the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin (a workshop, master class, round table, reading etc.), which will be organized in advance. The successful applicant will be asked to write one short blog post during their residency for publication on the QWF website.

If you have any questions about the physical accessibility in St Patrick’s Park Lodge or other venues of the residency, of the possibility of applying with young children, or any access questions, please contact the QWF office at 514-933-0878.

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old on the application deadline of Monday, January 20, 2020.
  • Applicants must be a QWF members in good standing at the time of application. Details on how to become a QWF member can be found at https://qwf.org/activity/membership/.
  • If you face financial barriers to becoming a QWF member, please contact the QWF office.
  • Applicants must have a residence in Quebec, and have had a residence in Quebec for at least 12 months leading up to the application deadline. A person who has been living outside of Quebec continuously for the past five years will be considered ineligible.
  • The successful applicant must be able to travel freely to and from Canada and Ireland, and is responsible for their own visa and immigration status.
  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence of a past writing practice conducted substantially in the English language.
  • Translation projects are not eligible.
  • Employees, current board members, and the immediate families of employees or board members of the Quebec Writers’ Federation are not eligible to apply.
  • Flights are non-transferable and may only be used by the successful applicant for the Max Margles Residency. If the applicant wishes to travel independently outside of the residency period, QWF will not be eligible for any external travel costs.
  • The successful applicant must be able to commit to being resident in St Patrick’s Park Lodge for the full four weeks of the residency.

To Apply

Applications are made via Submittable. Please click here for full details on how to prepare and submit an application.