The M Literary Residency Programme, 2018-19

Applications for the 2018 Residency open on October 16, 2017 and will close on January 1, 2018. The winners will be announced at the 2018 Shanghai International Literary Festival on March 15, 2018 (Festival dates are March 15-28, 2018).

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. In 2017, the residency included one resident based in Shanghai and one in Beijing. Starting in 2018, there will be one resident in Shanghai, China.

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 two venues: 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.

Ends on January 1, 2018

The M Literary Residency is available in ONE location:

Shanghai, China: 6-8 week residency in Shanghai. The residency must be taken up before November 2018, and be completed in one continuous period.

Eligibility

The residency is open to all writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplays and dramatic prose. There are no nationality restrictions, however, applicants should be over 21 years old at the time of application and be writing in English. Unpublished authors and past applicants are also eligible. 

Expectations and Conditions of Entry

Remaining in Residence: It is expected that the fellow remain in residence throughout the fellowship. Fellows must notify M Residency staff at the earliest opportunity if they expect to leave the residency for a period of more than one week. The residency is not a basis from which to travel.

Participation in Community Events: The M Literary Residency aims to encourage interaction between talented writers and local communities and to foster an interest in writing in their host countries. The successful candidate will be asked to participate in one or two events within the local community during their stay.

Application Details

Opening date: October 16th, 2017. Closing date: January 1, 2018 midnight GMT. Late applications will not be accepted. Results will be announced on March 15th, 2017 at the Shanghai International Literary Festival (March 15-28, 2018). The results will also be available on the M Literary Residency website[1] in March 2018. Due to the volume of applications received, we regret that the residency is unable to enter into private correspondence with applicants nor offer any specific feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

IN THE INTEREST OF FAIRNESS, YOUR NAME AND/OR LINKS TO PERSONAL WEBSITES MUST NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON THE SYNOPSIS, STATEMENT OF INTENT AND SAMPLES OF WORK. APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO SUBMIT ACCORDING TO THIS RULE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

Application Checklist

1.    Completed online application form (items marked with a red * are required information.)

2.     Project Synopsis and Statement of Intent (see below)

3.     Work Samples (see below)

4.    References: Two referees (with contact details) are required. 

5.     Proof of Identification: digital copy of passport, driving license or ID card.

6.    Curriculum Vitae 

Important Application Information

Project Synopsis and Statement of Intent (1,500 word limit)

·      The Project Synopsis should detail the project you intend to work on during the residency.

·      The Statement of Intent should detail how and why the location will benefit your project and how the residency itself will be of benefit to you.

·      Combined word count of the Project Synopsis and the Statement of Intent should not exceed 1,500 words. Please include the word count on the document.

·      File format accepted: Microsoft Word.

·      Fonts: please use Arial or Times New Roman, font size 12.

Support Materials (2,500 word limit)

·      Please submit one or two samples of work in the genre of your chosen project for the residency.

·      The total word count of the two pieces combined MUST NOT exceed 2,500 words. Please include the word count on the document.

·      Poetry samples: please submit TEN poems and/or 10 pages of poetry. Additional poems/pages will not be considered.

·      Applications that do not include support material in the genre of the nominated project will be at a disadvantage.

·      File format accepted: Microsoft Word.

·      Fonts: Arial or Times New Roman, font size 12.

·      Applicants may be asked to submit additional samples of their work.

Incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified.

Funding

The successful applicant will receive accommodation and a total stipend of USD 1,000 to cover additional costs during their stay. Applicants are responsible for their travel/medical insurance and visas. There is a possibility of assistance in covering transportation costs to and from the residencies, but this cannot be guaranteed; we recommend you find a source to cover transportation costs.

Accommodation

Shanghai: a studio-style apartment and a 1,000 USD stipend will be provided. Accommodation is centrally located and in the thick of a noisy city. Whilst it is intended that the writer should be seeking a period of sustained work, it must be noted that this will probably not be happening in very quiet surroundings.  

The accommodation provided in Shanghai is suitable only for single occupancy. The residency is intended for a single applicant only.

Important Note:

A broad group of people read the applications and your anonymity is assured during the review process. Therefore applicants’ names must not appear on samples, synopses or statements of intent.

IN THE INTEREST OF FAIRNESS, YOUR NAME AND/OR LINKS TO PERSONAL WEBSITES MUST NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON THE SYNOPSIS, STATEMENT OF INTENT AND SAMPLES OF WORK. APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO SUBMIT ACCORDING TO THIS RULE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

Due to the volume of applications received, we regret that the residency is not able to enter into private correspondence with applicants nor offer any specific feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Questions?

Please refer to the FAQs on the M Residency website[2] or refer to our Facebook page[3].

Or feel free to e-mail us at mliteraryresidency@m-restaurantgroup.com.