Applications for 2023 are now closed

Eligibility

Exclusions

 
  • Writers who have already published a book may not apply unless they self-published.
     

  • Writers who have attended a creative writing class, residency or fellowship outside South Asia are ineligible to apply, as is anyone who has a journalism degree from outside South Asia.   
     

  • Writers currently enrolled in an academic program such as a master's degree or PhD where they are already working with an advisor may not apply. 
     

  • Applicants who have reason to believe that they may move abroad during the fellowship period should not apply. 
     

  • We make exceptions for emerging writers from communities that aren't adequately represented in publishing. If you believe that this exception applies to you, please say so in your application form. 

  • Citizens of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives living in their home countries for the duration of the mentorship (January to December 2023). Afghan writers are exempt from the residence clause and may be based anywhere in the world. Please do not apply if you live outside your home country or plan to do so during the fellowship period. All applicants will need to show proof of citizenship and residence.  
     

  • There is no age restriction. The mentorship is free and there are no hidden costs.
     

  • Applicants must be working on one of the following long-term projects:

    • a book of fiction

    • a book of non-fiction

    • a translation

    • a series of linked reported pieces

    • A volume of poetry

 

The projects may include short stories, memoirs, travel narratives and more as long as they fit into the mentioned genres and, apart from the proposed translations, are in English.  We do not accept graphic novels, children's books or screenplays.

 

Frequently asked questions

If you have a question that hasn't been answered on this page please contact speaksouthasia@gmail.com