2016/2017 M Literary International Residency Programme (India and China)

Submission Deadline: June 12 2015

Conceived by M Restaurant Group and Shanghai International Literary Festival founder Michelle Garnaut and writer Pankaj Mishra, the M Literary Residency Program offers two residencies annually, one in Shanghai, China and one in India.

The residencies are each three months long, and candidates should apply for only one.

The M Literary Residency Programme, fully funded by M Restaurants, grew from its Literary Festivals, as heard from writers about what was needed to nurture and produce the best writing in this region.
The Residency was established to disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities.
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.
Application Procedure:Applicants may apply for ONE of two M Literary Residencies:

  •  Bangalore, India: A 10 week residency at Sangam House, in a rural setting near Bangalore, South India from late 2016 to early 2017. (Please note: Residency dates are set by Sangam House.)
  • Shanghai, China: 8-10 week residency in Shanghai. The residency must be taken up before December 31st, 2016, and be completed in one continuous period.


  • The residencies are open to all writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, 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  • Unpublished authors and past applicants are also eligible.


The successful applicants will have transportation costs to and from the residencies covered by the M Residency. Applicants are responsible for their travel/medical insurance and visas.


  • Bangalore: a single room and three meals a day will be provided. Accommodation is in a rural village, approximately 45km for Bangalore which some might consider isolated, so applicants should be seeking a period of quiet, sustained work.
  • Shanghai: a studio-style apartment and a stipend of RMB6,000 towards the cost of meals 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 Bangalore and Shanghai is suitable only for single occupancy. The residency intended for a single applicant only.


Submit Your Application Now for the 2016/2017 M Literary Residency Programme

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the M Literary Residency Programme


Applications accepted: 1 May – 12 June 2015
Results announced: 31 October 2015


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