Think Tank


Artist Residency in China

M Literary Residency

Mission 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. In 2018, we provided accommodation for one resident in Shanghai, China.

Overview 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 Unpublished authors and past applicants are also eligible.

Application Requirements 
Application materials:
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
* In the interest of fairness, your name must not be anywhere on the Synopsis or Statement of Intent.
*The residency spans 10 to 12 weeks in length.

Facilities and Grants 
Shanghai: a studio-style apartment. 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.
Beijing: a studio-style apartment. Accommodation is located on the Peking University campus. The accommodation provided in Beijing is suitable only for single occupancy. The residency is intended for a single applicant only.
The M Literary Residency aims to encourage interaction between talented artists and local communities and to foster an interest in the arts within the local communities of the host countries. The successful candidate must agree to participate in at least two events within the local community during their stay. This could be a talk or workshop at a school, college or at M’s Literary Salon.
The successful applicants 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

Application Deadlines
There are presently no open calls for submissions.