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 at the University of East Anglia.

The Fellowship is named for its sponsor Mr David T.K. 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. To read excerpts from David Wong's work and for more information, please visit his website.

Fellowship Award 2020/21

We are delighted to announce that the 2020/21 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Che Yeun.

Che is from South Korea and is currently studying for a doctorate in the History of Science at Harvard, where she has also taught. She completed a Postgraduate MFA in Creative Writing with Distinction at the University of New Orleans, and a Undergraduate BA in Health and Societies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her stories have been published in a number of journals, including Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review and the Kenyon Review. During her time as David Wong Fellow she wants to complete a collection of short stories set in different countries in East Asia.

Responding to the award of the Fellowship, Che wrote that “With all the uncertainty and tragedy coming to light around the world, programs like the David TK Wong fellowship are needed more than ever to sustain art that envisions a different future. Thank you to everyone at UEA for this tremendous opportunity to try and do my part in that future-building. This gift of support and stability means more than I can express.”

Jon Cook, chair of the judging panel for the award, said he was delighted Che had accepted the Fellowship offer: “Che Yeun is the unanimous choice of this year’s panel of judges. She is an outstanding writer with a distinctive sense of her art. We look forward to welcoming her to UEA"

Former David T.K. Wong Fellows

You can read more about the former Fellows on UEA Writers.

  • Joe Milan Jr. (2019/20)
  • 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)

Applying for the Fellowship

Applications for the 2021/22 Fellowship have now closed but information about entry for the Fellowship is available below for reference.

Please contact us if you have any queries.

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021/22 Fellowship may take place partly or entirely online instead of in-person on the UEA campus, in accordance with university and government guidelines. We will update applicants on the situation as soon as we have more information.