The Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for critics: Good Criticism 2023 - 2024

April 20 2023

The grants can be awarded to critics who work in any field related to literature, art or culture. The grants are intended to result in the production of concrete, ongoing reviews throughout the year; the goal is to help improve the quality and professionalism of a number of Norwegian critics each year. The Fritt Ord Foundation would like to give more critics better opportunities to pursue their profession and to spend more time cultivating it.

The grants are intended to be in addition to other income from reviews, that is, supplements to ordinary fees.
The deadline for applications is 3 p.m. on Friday, 5 May 2023. Please use the Fritt Ord Foundation’s ordinary application form in the applications centre. It is important that the application be labelled “Kritikerstipend” (Grant for Critics) in the title field on the application form.

A profession under pressure
Critical reviews of literature, art and culture in the media are being subjected to pressure for several reasons. Parallel to the exceptionally high and, in several areas, rising level of cultural creation and interest in culture in Norway, we see that criticism is stagnating or dwindling over time.
Critical reviews in the public sphere must be further strengthened in order to equip the citizenry to reflect on the vast diversity of cultural expressions. The Fritt Ord Foundation would like to help stimulate and enhance critical reviews as an indispensable aspect of Norwegian journalism. Good criticism communicates and engages; it rests on expertise and is knowledge-oriented, thus strengthening the general public and society-at-large.

Development and revitalisation
At the same time, criticism as a genre needs to be developed and revitalised to reach more media users. Traditional individual reviews of one-off cultural expressions must be supplemented by critical comments, more detailed reviews – and other types of fresh, genre-promoting criticism.
The grants will be awarded to critics whose work targets the Norwegian public and uses Norwegian as their working language. They are earmarked for freelancers and independent writers who have publication agreements. We invite applications from critics who earn their living by writing for independent media that comply with the Code of Ethics for Norwegian Editors and other media’s ethical and professional guidelines. Critics published in daily and weekly media will receive the highest priority.
The grants will be awarded for a period of one year. It is possible to apply several times, but there is no automatic renewal.

Application requirements
Applications for grants for critics should include a 2–3-page description of your planned activities as a critic from August 2023 to August 2024. What do you plan to give priority to this year? What doors would a grant open for you? How would you spend it? What are your thoughts about presenting and possibly revitalising the genres of criticism in which you work?
Smaller parts of the grants can be used for travel and skills development initiatives, but they are primarily intended to support critics’ opportunities to earn a living from their reviews, specifically by publishing high-quality critical journalism.
Attach a brief confirmation from the editorial board(s) with which you are affiliated through your publication agreement, including your current level of remuneration and the trend in fees in recent years.

Please note that the grants are intended to be in addition to other income from reviews, and that the fact that you receive a grant cannot be used to reduce your current level of remuneration. Please include a brief report on your overall general income situation in the application.
The list of recipients will be announced in mid-June.

Other programmes to promote critical reviews
The grants will be awarded directly to 10 critics. However, the Fritt Ord Foundation also plans to promote critical reviews in other ways as well. We would like to draw attention to the following possibility:
Daily and weekly media and the critics who write for them can apply for project support for specific critical review projects under the call for applications for "Norwegian Journalism”. There are six ordinary deadlines for applications for this scheme each year. See the call for proposals for more information.

News

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No Other Land

February 23 2024

The Fritt Ord Foundation is collaborating with the Human International Documentary Film Festival and Antipode Films to screen ‘No Other Land’ at Vega Scene in Oslo on Monday, 4 March 2024 at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and at Cinemateket in Oslo on Tuesday, 5 March at 4 p.m. Directors Basel Adra and Yuval Abraham, who are also the film’s protagonists, will appear live on a video link from Masafar Yatta on the West Bank both days.

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Queendom - film and talk with Agniia Galdanova and Igor Myakotin

February 23 2024

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival invite the public to a screening of ‘Queendom’ and a talk with director Agniia Galdanova and producer Igor Myakotin following the screening at Vega Scene 1 in Oslo on Saturday, 9 March 2024 at 5:45 p.m. The director will introduce the film.

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Norway banned Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’. Now a book about film censorship is in the pipeline

February 23 2024

Critic and writer Johanne Elster Hanson is making her debut as an author with a book about the time when Norwegian film censorship took the world by surprise, not least the Monty Python group of comedians, by banning the ‘Life of Brian’ satire film. The author would like to track down any Norwegians who went on a film safari to Sweden in 1980 to circumvent Norwegian censorship.

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Breathing new life into investigative journalism, even in small newsrooms

February 14 2024

In recent years, Norwegian journalists have gained access to powerful tools and new methods for investigative journalism, even in small newsrooms. New types of collaboration are producing results. How has all this happened? Fritt Ord asked this question in a debate seminar on 14 February.