University of East Anglia Charles Pick Fellowship

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January 31, 2011

A six-month fellowship at the University of East Anglia, including a £10,000 (approximately $16,000) stipend, is given annually to a fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer who has not yet published a book. Submit up to 2,500 words of prose and a letter of reference by January 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

University of East Anglia, School of Literature and Creative Writing, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom. Natalie Mitchell, Fellowship Administrator.

The Charles Pick Fellowship

The Charles Pick Fellowship is dedicated to the memory of the distinguished publisher and literary agent, Charles Pick, whose career began in 1933 and continued until shortly before his death in January 2000. He encouraged young writers at the start of their careers with introductions to other writers and practical and financial help.

The Fellowship seeks to continue this spirit of encouragement by giving support to the work of a new and, as yet, unpublished writer of fictional or non-fictional prose. Its dual purpose is to give promising writers the opportunity complete a major work and to develop his/her talents.  The Fellowship is for six months, starting on 1 October. The award is £10,000 and includes accommodation on campus.

2010 Fellowship Awards

rets makamane 2010 fellow
Ret'sepile Makamane was born in Lesotho not so long ago. She read Philosophy and Theatre at the National University of Lesotho, and then moved to Johannesburg where she studied Drama and Film at the University of Witwatersrand. There she worked as an actress, waitress and reviewed books before becoming a Commissioning Editor for SABC television (The South African Broadcasting Corporation). She came to the UK in 2008 on a Graça Machel Scholarship, and wrote her dissertation at the University of Leeds on the role of girl-soldiers in the Liberian Civil War. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia, and has been writing prodigiously since moving to Norwich in September 2009.  Her story, “Be Careful!”, was shortlisted for the 2010 Harper’s Bazaar/Orange Short Story Competition. The Charles Pick Fellowship will give her the opportunity of finishing her first collection of short stories. She is also writing her first novel - about a journey undertaken by seven women through a beautiful but broken landscape.

Jon Lewis-Katz has worked as a New York City public school teacher, a freelance journalist, and a Lecturer at Cornell University, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing.  This year, he received the Alonzo Davis Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  Previously, he was awarded the 2009 Arthur Lynn Andrews Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2007 Kirkwood Literary Prize.  His writing has appeared in Los Angeles CityBeat, the Pasadena Weekly, the Ventura County Reporter, and the Trinidad Guardian.  He has twice completed a residency at the Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color.  At present, he is finishing a collection of linked short stories about West Indians and West Indian-Americans in New York City

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