The Charles Pick Writing Fellowship is dedicated to the memory of the distinguished publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick, whose career began in 1933 and continued until shortly before his death in January 2000. Charles Pick encouraged young writers at the start of their careers with introductions to other writers and practical and financial help.
The fellowship will give support to the work of a new and, as yet, unpublished writers of fictional or non-fictional prose. The Fellowship's dual purpose is to give a promising writer the opportunity complete a major work and to develop his/her talents.
The fellowships is for six months, starting on 1 October. The award is £10,000.
Fellowship Award 2015-16
We are delighted to announce that the Charles Pick Fellowship this year is awarded to Khine Soe Lung.
Khine Soe Lung is a Burmese citizen. She has been writing since fifteen, and her literary works, either in Burmese or English, are published in local magazines and journals.
She was a student at the University of Computer Studies, Yangon in 1996 and graduated in 2001. She worked in Myanmar for some years as a travel agent and then in Singapore for Nokia Service Centre and Apple Service Centre.
She was one of the founders and editors of Existence Online Magazine, which won an 'Academy Award' given by Myanmar Media Association in 2009. Since 2010, she has published nine eBooks on different themes such as 'arts', 'love', 'death', 'madness', 'theft', 'school', 'lewd business', 'apparition' and 'money', which have included, in addition to her own, the artwork from writers and artists of similar interests. Her literary works can be seen on her personal blog, and facebook page. She is planning to publish a short story selection and is writing a movie script based on a short story of hers at the moment.
She currently lives in Hpa-An, Myanmar, devoting most of her time to translation and writing.
Previous Charles Pick Fellows
- Avinab Datta (2014-15)
- Mahreen Sohail (2014-15)
- Avni Doshi (2013-14)
- Akil Kumarasamy (2013-14)
- Megan Bradbury (2012-13)
- Shubhangi Swarup (2012-13)
- Will Boast (2011-12)
- Helen Dinmore (2011-12)
- Ret'sepile Makamane (2010-11)
- Jon Lewis-Katz (2010-11)
- Birgit Larsson (2009-10)
- Simi Awosika (2009-10)
- David Sornig (2008-09)
- Erin Soros (2008-09)
- Lois Williams (2006-07)
- Brian Chikwava (2006-07)
- Sam Fletcher (2005-06)
- Alistair Daniel (2004-05)
- Luke Williams (2003-04)
- Thomas Frick (2002-03)
Apply for the 2016-17 Charles Pick Fellowship
Every application for the Charles Pick Fellowship should include an application form, a sample of writing (maximum 2,500 words) and a reference. Please note: the application deadline is 5pm on Monday 14th March, 2016. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered.