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 the Far East 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 2016-17

We are delighted to announce that the 2016/17 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Meng Jin. Meng Jin

Meng Jin was born in Shanghai and was raised in China and the United States. She has an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow and continues to teach literature and creative writing. A Kundiman fellow, she has received support from Vermont Studio Centre, the M Literary Residency, and Hedgebrook. Her fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Masters Review, The Baltimore Review, Zymbol, and Bound Off. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Former David T.K. Wong Fellows

  • 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.

Applications for 2016/17 are now closed.

Contact: davidtkwongfellowship@uea.ac.uk