Unique and generous annual award of £26,000 Unique and generous annual award of £26,000

The David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship is a unique and generous annual award of £26,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

The Fellowship is named for its sponsor Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of fiction. The Fellowship was launched in 1997 and the first Fellow appointed from 1st October 1998.

David T.K.Wong's first novel The Evergreen Teahouse was published in 2003, his collection of short fiction Chinese Stories in Times of Change in 2009.  His most recent novel is The Embrace of Harlots. In this radio interview David Wong speaks about his life, his writing and the David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

The David T.K. Wong Fellow joins a community of writers founded by Sir Angus Wilson and Sir Malcolm Bradbury in 1970. UEA creative writing graduates include Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Trezza Azzopardi, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Andrew Cowan, Ann Enright, Adam Foulds, Emma Healey, Kathryn Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anjali Joseph, Ian McEwan, Andrew Miller, Neel Mukherjee, Owen Sheers, Christie Watson, DW Wilson, and Naomi Wood.

Fellowship Award 2014-15

We are delighted to announce that the 2014/15 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Jack Wang.

Jack Wang was born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He earned a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University. In 2014, his story "The Night of Broken Glass" received a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

His fiction has appeared in Joyland Magazine and is forthcoming in The New Quarterly, and he and his twin brother are the co-creators of Cozy Classics, an internationally-acclaimed children's board book series, as well as a new series forthcoming from Chronicle Books in 2015. Jack has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Humber School for Writers Summer Workshop. He is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. 

Former David T.K. Wong Fellows

  • Sharlene Teo (2013/14)
  • Ramesh Balakrishna Pillay (2012/13)
  • Presca Ahn (2011/12)
  • Chau (Cab) Tran (2010/11)
  • Hanh Hoang (2009/10)
  • Nam Le (2008/9)
  • Balli Jaswal (2007/8)
  • Mulaika Hijjas (2006/7)
  • Linh Dinh (2005/6)
  • Rattawut Lapcharoensap (2004/5)
  • Lakambini (Bing) Sitoy (2003/4)
  • Wendy Law-Yone (2002/3)
  • Liisa Laing (2001/2)
  • Simone Lazaroo (2000/1)
  • José Dalisay (1999/2000)
  • Po Wah Lam (1998/99)

Read more about the former Fellows.

How to apply

2015-16 Fellowship application form

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2015-16 Fellowship information, terms and conditions

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If the successful applicant is currently living outside the UK and requiring certificate of sponsorship, he or she will need to meet the UK Border Agency's requirements. 

If you have any questions or queries regarding the Fellowship, please click here to email the Fellowship administrator. 

Application deadline is Monday 2nd February 2015 -5pm.  Please note that applications received after this date cannot be considered.