Unique and generous annual award of £26,000 Unique and generous annual award of £26,000

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 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.

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. In this radio interview David Wong speaks about his life, his writing and the David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. To read excerpts from David Wong's work and for more information, please visit his website.

The David T.K. Wong Fellow joins a community of writers founded by Sir Angus Wilson and Sir Malcolm Bradbury in 1970. UEA creative writing graduates include Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Trezza Azzopardi, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Andrew Cowan, Anne Enright, Adam Foulds, Emma Healey, Kathryn Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anjali Joseph, Ian McEwan, Andrew Miller, Neel Mukherjee, Owen Sheers, Christie Watson, DW Wilson, and Naomi Wood. 

Fellowship Award 2018/19

We are delighted to announce that the 2018/19 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Melissa Fu.

Melissa Fu grew up in Northern New Mexico and moved to Cambridge, UK in 2006. She earned a BA in Physics and English at Rice University, followed by an MS in Physics from the University of Colorado and an MA in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to focusing on writing, she worked as an outreach coordinator, classroom teacher, and independent consultant. In 2014, she combined her loves of teaching and writing to start Spilling the Ink, a small business offering creative writing courses and coaching. Melissa was the regional winner of the Words and Women 2016 Prose Competition and was a 2017 Apprentice with the London-based Word Factory. Her work appears in several publications including The Lonely Crowd, International Literature Showcase, Bare Fiction, Wasafiri Online, and Words and Women.

Former David T.K. Wong Fellows

  • 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)

Read more about the former Fellows here.

Information about entry for the 2019/20 Fellowship is now available on this page. Information about the requirements for entry for the 2019/20 Fellowship (which is now closed) is available below:


Application deadline: Thursday 31st January 2019

Fellowship terms & conditions and how to submit an application: Word | PDF

Application form: Word | PDF

Payment form: Word | PDF


For any queries, contact: davidtkwongfellowship@uea.ac.uk