For 2018, the National Arts Council is pleased to offer up to 2 Singapore writers a fully-paid residency under the International Writing Program (IWP). Administered by the University of Iowa, the 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:


In recent years, previous IWP Writers-in-Residence from Singapore include Yu-Mei Balasinghamchow, Yeow Kai Chai, Amanda Lee-Koe, Stephanie Ye, O Thiam Chin, Amanah Mustafi and Sharlene Teo.


The addition of one more residency award offers more opportunities for Singapore writers to participate in IWP.  The residency is open to Singapore 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 2018


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 Provisions: The 2018 Writers-in-Residence will be awarded full residency support, including accommodation, meals, residency facilities, and one economy return airfare plus taxes.


Application Deadline:  5pm, 15 March 2018


Application Procedure: To apply, please download the information sheet and 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).






15 January 2018

Application opens

15 March 2018, 5pm

Application closes

May 2018

Notification of results

August 2018 – November 2018