South Asia Speaks Creative Writing Mentorship Open for Applications

The South Asia Speaks Program, a free one-year fellowship for creative writers from South Asia, is accepting applications until September 30, 2022.

South Asia Speaks Fellows have the opportunity to work on a major project such as a novel, short story book, translation, poetry collection or non-fiction project with guidance and feedback from program mentors . Individual consultations are accompanied by masterclasses with renowned authors and practitioners – the 2022 cohort took courses with the new yorker writer and critic Parul Sehgal, non-fiction writer and Columbia University faculty member Mayukh Sen, and Indian essayist Pankaj Mishra, among others. The 2023 program will run from January to December.

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Among the program mentors are acclaimed authors and translators, including Sonia Faleiro (Founder and Project Director), Arunava Sinha (Translation Manager), Fatima Bhutto (Climate Projects Manager), Tishani Doshi (Poetry Manager), Aanchal Malhotra (Head of Score Projects), and more.

“Since we are a class, we are looking for fellows who will contribute to a collegial atmosphere and support each other,” mentions the program’s website. “Our ideal colleague is talented and motivated with a track record of delivering a project.”

Citizens of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives living in their home countries during the duration of the mentorship can apply.

However, writers who have already published a book, writers who have already taken creative writing courses and fellowships, and writers already enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree are not eligible for the program.

South Asia Speaks Fellows have gone on to participate in creative writing programs such as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Logan Nonfiction Program, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the Mentorship Program. emerging translators from the American Literary Translators Association.

More information can be found on the South Asia Speaks website.