The UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The Network contains seven creative fields: literature; crafts and folk art; design; film; gastronomy; media arts and music. Reykjavík has been a UNESCO City of Literature since 2011.

The UCCN is a growing network with new cities being designated every two years. The title is a permanent one, as long as the designated cities stay active within the network.
For more information, have a look at the UCCN Mission Statement or visit the UNESCO Creative Cities website.

Cities of Literature 

listed in order of designation:

At the UNESCO Cities of Literature website ( you can find information on literature residencise, Literature Cities and joint projects. Informations for the media and new Literature Cities. 

Cities submit bids to UNESCO to be designated a City of Literature. The designations are monitored and reviewed every four years by UNESCO.