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.
The official David T.K. Wong website contains information about David T.K.Wong and his writing; including downloadable content from his first novel The Evergreen Teahouse and the author reading extracts from his most recent novel The Embrace of Harlots. In this radio interview David Wong speaks about his life, his writing and what the David T K Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in the UK is all about.
Fellowship Award 2013-14
We are delighted to announce that the 2013/14 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Sharlene Teo.
Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She read Law at Warwick University where she was chief editor of the campus arts publication, and worked in business and trade publishing before coming to UEA. Sharlene is the recipient of the 2012/13 Booker Foundation Scholarship and was youngest winner of the 2005 SPH-NAC Golden Point Award. Her writing has appeared in places such as Esquire, Broadcast: New Warwick Writing, New Writing Net, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Eunoia Review.
She is currently working on a novel about a Pontianak, a mythical female cannibalistic entity, who awakens from hibernation and finds herself amidst the surreal, surgical-masked climate of the bird flu pandemic and Sumatran forest fire haze.
Former David T.K. Wong Fellows
- 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)
How to apply
2013-14 Fellowship Information, Terms and Conditions
Download more information, terms and conditions (PDF).
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.
2013-14 Fellowship application form
2013-14 Fellowship payment form
Application deadline is Monday 14 January 2013.
The David Wong Fellow joins a community of writers founded by Sir Angus Wilson and Sir Malcolm Bradbury in 1971. UEA creative writing graduates include Tash Aw, Trezza Azzopardi, Martyn Bedford, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Andrew Cowan, Diana Evans, Sue Fletcher, Kathryn Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Toby Litt, Ian McEwan and Owen Sheers.