Fellowship dedicated to the memory of publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick Fellowship dedicated to the memory of publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick

The Charles Pick South Asia 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The fellowship will give support to the work of a new and, as yet, unpublished writers of fictional or non-fictional prose.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.

2014-15 Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that the Charles Pick Fellowship this year is shared between two Fellows, each Fellow will be at the UEA for a period of 3 months.   

In 2014-15 the Charles Pick South Asian Fellowship was awarded to Mahreen Sohail and Avinab Datta.

Mahreen Sohail - Charles Pick South Asian Fellow

Mahreen Sohail graduated with an M.F.A from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. She moved back to Pakistan in 2013 after having spent several years abroad. These days, she lives on the outskirts of Islamabad and teaches creative writing at the National University of Sciences and Technology. She is working on a collection of short stories. Her fiction is forthcoming in Unsaid

Avinab Datta

Avinab Datta - Charles Pick South Asian Fellow

Avinab Datta was born in Calcutta. He grew up in Calcutta, Tura, Meghalaya, and currently lives in Bombay. He studied Literature from the University of Mumbai, where he also co-founded the small literary journal, nether. He is currently working on a book of stories, and a book of poems. His recent work is forthcoming in The Battersea Review.



Previous Charles Pick Fellows

  • 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)

Read about the previous Fellows here

Apply for the 2015-16 Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship

Every application for the Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship should include an application form, a sample of writing (maximum 2,500 words) and a reference.  Please note: the application deadline will be Monday 16 February 2015 -5pm.  Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.  Only complete applications will be considered.

Download the terms and conditions:
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Download an application form:
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Download a reference form: 
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Contact: charlespickfellowship@uea.ac.uk