For 2020, the National Arts Council is pleased to offer fully-paid residency awards of up to 2 Singapore writers from any of Singapore’s four major languages, English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil.


In recent years, previous IOWA IWP Writers-in-Residence from Singapore include Yu-Mei Balasinghamchow, Yeow Kai Chai, Amanda Lee-Koe, Stephanie Ye, Sharlene Teo and Clara Chow.


The residency is open to writers who write in one of Singapore’s official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.  The selected candidates will be required to be conversant in English. The final number of candidates to be selected and funded every year is subject to the merits of the candidates and the competitive assessment criteria as outlined by IWP.


Fall Residency Program Dates: August – November 2020


Application Deadline:  5pm, 10 April 2020


About the Residency: Administered by the University of Iowa, the INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM (IWP) is the oldest and largest multinational writing residency in the world. Since 1967, over 1,400 writers from more than 140 nations have taken part in the Fall Residency. The goal of the IWP is to provide authors a one-of-a-kind inter-cultural opportunity and the time and space to write, read, translate, study, conduct research, travel, give readings, stage work, and become part of the vibrant literary and academic community at the university and in Iowa City, the only American city designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.  More details from:


Residency Duration:  Over the course of 10 weeks, aside from working on their own projects, writers will give readings and lectures that share their work and cultures, collaborate with artists from other genres and art forms, and travel and interact with American audiences and literary communities across the United States.


Residency Schedule at a glance:


Residency Provisions: The 2020 Writers-in-Residence will be awarded full residency support, including accommodation, meals, residency facilities, and one economy return airfare plus taxes.


Application Procedure: To apply, please download the information sheet and the application form. All applications are to be submitted through email to: and must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  1. Completed application form;
  2. Samples of 2 previous works (between 10 – 15 pages each) in the original language with English translation (applicable to Chinese, Malay and Tamil works) that gives a good sense of the writer’s strengths and style;
  3. A literature-based CV or resume;
  4. Proposal letter (which includes the writer's statement of purpose, objectives, outline, activities, and details of the new work which will be accomplished during the Residency).




14 February 2020

Application opens

10 April 2020, 5pm

Application closes

End May 2020

Notification of results

August – November 2020