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Applications for 2024 open in September



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

  • Writers who have attended a creative writing class, writing residency or writing fellowship are ineligible as is anyone who has attended a journalism degree/course 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.  

  • 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. 

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

    • a book of fiction

    • a book of nonfiction

    • 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. 

  • All fiction applicants must include one sample from the project for which they are seeking a mentor.

  • We are unable to accept fiction writers who are yet to begin their project.

  • This requirement may be waived for non-fiction applicants who may attach any two recent writing samples.

  • Each writing sample should be a maximum of 5,000 words.

  • We do not accept academic papers as samples.


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