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 East and Southeast Asia 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. To read excerpts from David Wong's work and for more information, please visit his website.

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, Anne 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 2019/20

We are delighted to announce that the 2019/20 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Joe Milan.

Joe Milan Jr. is PhD candidate of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he is a Barrick graduate fellow and was a Black Mountain Institute PhD fellow. He is a MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a past fiction editor at Witness. Celeste Ng selected his short story Once, a little blue frog told his mother no. for F(r)iction’s 2017 short story award. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in wonderful places like The Rumpus, Broad Street, The LA Review of Books’ Blarb, BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016, The Kyoto Journal, and others. He's American with Korean ancestry and taught in Korea for nine years. 

He’s hard at work on Without a Handle, a coming-of-age novel about Bucky, a Korean American high school senior whose deported from the USA and conscripted by the ROK. 

Former David T.K. Wong Fellows

  • Melissa Fu (2018/19)
  • Nathaniel Go (2017/18)
  • Meng Jin (2016/17)
  • Violet Kupersmith (2015/16)
  • 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)

You can read more about the former Fellows here.

Information about entry for the 2019/20 Fellowship is now available on this page. Information about the requirements for entry for the 2019/20 Fellowship (which is now closed) is available below:


Application deadline: Sunday 2nd February 2020

Fellowship terms & conditions and how to submit an application: Word | PDF

Application form: Word | PDF

Payment form: Word | PDF


For any queries, contact: davidtkwongfellowship@uea.ac.uk