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The fellowship will give support to the work of a new and, as yet, unpublished writers of fictional or non-fictional prose.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 2016-17

We are delighted to announce that the Charles Pick Fellowship this year is awarded to Syed Haider Shahbaz.

Haider Shahbaz is a Pakistani writer and translator. He has a B.A. from Yale University and an MFA from University of Nevada. His creative work has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Portland Review, Aldus, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Enizagam Fiction Contest 2015, judged by Taiye Selasi. He has contributed reviews to Los Angeles Review of Books, Jadaliyya, Himal SouthAsian, The Believer Logger, and Tanqeed. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and he has received grants and residencies from NYS Summer Writers Institute, Black Mountain Institute, and The Hambidge Center. He is currently working on a novel about the nineteenth-century British photographer, Samuel Bourne, and a translation of Mirza Athar Baig's Urdu novel, Hassan Ki Soorat-e-Haal.

Previous Charles Pick Fellows

  • Khine Soe Lung (2015-16)
  • 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)

Read about the previous Fellows here

Applications for the 2017/18 Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship are now open.

Completed applications should include the following:

  • Application form
  • A reference from an editor, agent or accredited teacher of creative writing
  • Creative writing sample (2,500 words max). This should be a sample from the work applicants intend to pursue if offered the Fellowship.

Applications can be posted to:

The Charles Pick Fellowship

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom

Or emailed to:

Application Documents

Information, terms and conditions

Application form

Reference form

Application Deadline: Tuesday 28th February 2017, 5pm (GMT)

For any queries please contact: