M Literary Residency

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The M Literary Residency Programme, 2017-18

Applications for the 2017 Residency open on October 10, 2016 and will close on January 2, 2017. The winners will be announced at the 2017 Shanghai International Literary Festival on March 10, 2017 (Festival dates are March 10-22, 2017).

The M Residency allows writers with an interest in China to deepen their understanding of this vital and fascinating place. Established in 2009 and fully funded by the M Restaurant Group, the residency has its roots in M's Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals, and aims to foster artistic, cultural and intellectual links between individuals and communities. From 2009 to 2016 the residency included one resident in Shanghai and one in India. Starting in 2017, there will be one resident based in Shanghai and one in Beijing.

The M Literary Residency Programme is fully funded by the M Restaurant Group. The intent of the Residency is to provide space and time primarily for writing and location-specific research. It is not to be used as a base for travel for research or leisure.

M Restaurant Group

M Restaurant Group is a pioneering collection of award-winning restaurants and lounges in China. In 1989, Australian cook Michelle Garnaut—the signature 'M'—opened M at the Fringe in Hong Kong, a gorgeous restaurant with a new take on contemporary fine dining. It was a runaway hit, and ten years later she took a daring step and opened M on the Bund in Shanghai, at a time when the historic waterfront was known mainly for dilapidated offices rather than the lively nightlife scene it has since developed. She tested the waters first with a stint cooking at the landmark Peace Hotel, and in the end the gamble paid off. Now restaurants and bars of all kinds have sprouted up in the shadow of the Art Deco Nissin Shipping Building where M on the Bund presides, still going strong after nearly 20 years. 

Today, the M Restaurant Group includes three venues: Capital M in Beijing, M on the Bund and Glam dining lounge and bar in Shanghai. Delicious food in a chic, comfortable environment are ideals embodied by all three restaurants, with classics like M’s Crispy Suckling Pig and M's Very Famous Pavlova always greeting diners, along with seasonal specialities, fresh, homemade bread and signature cocktails, all made from scratch. And perhaps most meaningfully, the restaurants are a part of the communities they serve. M has spearheaded the sourcing of sustainable and organic foods in China, working with local producers to set standards. A focus on the arts has yielded the Shanghai and Capital Literary Festivals, the M Residency and a vibrant series of talks and salons, all of them in the comfortable confines of M venues.

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of submissions, we won't be able to contact all applicants individually. Please note that the judges' decision is final.