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APPLICATIONS OPEN SEPTEMBER 2022


South Asia Speaks is a literary mentorship for early career writers living in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives.


Mentors help polish a major project, such as a book, a translated work, or a series of reported pieces. They review writing, listen to concerns, and help problem solve. There is no age restriction and the program is completely free. The mentors are volunteering their time to support the writing community in South Asia. 

The application is very competitive: In our first year we received more than 500 applications for twenty fellowships. Our ideal fellow is talented and driven with a track record of finishing a project. Since we are assembling a class of fellows, we are looking for applicants who will contribute to a collegial atmosphere and support one another. 


The relationship between mentors and fellows is built on a mutual commitment to the craft of writing. Our fellows come from diverse backgrounds and pursue professions that range from filmmaking to engineering, but they are all determined to make the most of this unique opportunity. With the help of their mentors our inaugural class of 2021 fellows have published books and won prizes.


Applications for the next cycle open on September 1, 2022.