Villa Sarkia is a residence upheld by the culture association Nuoren Voiman Liitto and the city of Sysmä in southern Finland. The residence is primarily designed to give young writers and translators the chance to focus on their personal literary undertakings in a private and inspiring setting. Residency periods in Villa Sarkia are between one to three months.

Villa Sarkia was built in the beginning of the 20th century. It was originally a local bank manager's home, and is located next door to the Theatre House of Sysmä.

There are three rooms for residents in Villa Sarkia, two singles and one double. There is also a common lounge area and a kitchen where residents can cook their meals. 

The intention of Villa Sarkia is to provide an environment for young writers and translators to work in privacy and improve their professional skills, and also to increase the diversity of the cultural life of Sysmä.  In accepting residency, each applicant agrees to one (1) performance at a nursery, school, library or other occasion organized by the city of Sysmä during their stay. Should their stay fall on the Summer months, residents are also encouraged to organize activities on behalf of Sysmä's Kirjakyläpäivät, a local literary festival held in August. Nuoren Voiman Liitto is responsible for selecting the residents and the city of Sysmä maintains the residence itself.

How to Apply

To apply to be a resident at Villa Sarkia, send a free-form application to the office of Nuoren Voiman Liitto. The address is Nuoren Voiman Liitto, Fredrikinkatu 23 d 4, 00120 Helsinki Finland.  You can also send your application via e-mail. Remember to specify the desired duration of your residency period. Nuoren Voiman Liitto will be in touch with all applicants personally once the selection for each term has been made.

Applying for the Spring period (1 Jan - 30 Jun) ends on 31 Oct. The selections are made by the committee of Nuoren Voiman Liitto in November.

Applying for the Autumn period (1 Aug - 31 Dec) ends on 29 April. The selections are made by the committee of Nuoren Voiman Liitto in May.

In July Villa Sarkia is primarily in the use of city of Sysmä. You can make enquiries concerning cancelled or unfilled residency applications from the office of Nuoren Voiman Liitto.

More information about applying:
Executive Director
Laura Serkosalo
tel. +358 44 207 4650

Application Documents

The following relevant documents must be attached to the application:

o a work plan, max. three pages
Application form
o a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
o one or more letters of recommendation 

Accepting Residency

Please inform the Executive Director of Nuoren Voiman Liitto whether or not you mean to accept the residency within two weeks after receiving the association's offer. After accepting, you will receive an information package about arriving in Sysmä and staying at Villa Sarkia.


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