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 2015-16

We are delighted to announce that the 2015/16 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Violet Kupersmith.

Violet Kupersmith was born in rural Pennsylvania in 1989 and raised outside of Philadelphia. Her mother was born in Vietnam and fled the country by boat following the fall of Saigon in April 1975, and her father is American. She studied French and English literature at Mount Holyoke College, graduating summa cum laude in 2011. She spent a year teaching English in the Mekong Delta on a Fulbright Fellowship, and was the 2014 Gerald Freund Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her first book, “The Frangipani Hotel” (Spiegel & Grau) was published in 2014 and is a collection of contemporary ghost stories based loosely on supernatural tales told to her by her maternal grandmother. She has written for Saigon’s Word Magazine and the New York Times. Violet is currently working on her first novel and has spent the past several years living and researching in Saigon and Vietnam’s central highlands.

Former David T.K. Wong Fellows

  • Jack Wang (2014/15)
  • 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 payment 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. 

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Applications are now closed.