The National Arts Council (Singapore) and the National Centre for Writing (UK) are pleased to jointly offer fully-paid residency awards for up to one literary writer and one literary translator in 2020. In 2019, JY Yang and Jeremy Tiang were selected as the writer and translator-in residence respectively.


About the National Centre for Writing:


The National Centre for Writing (NCW), previously known as Writers’ Centre Norwich, has had a long history in working with writers and writing. As a major literary arts portfolio organisation in the UK, it is funded by the Arts Council England and has strong links with the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT). Based in Norwich, one of the UNESCO Cities of Literature, NCW aims to be a physical and virtual space for writers, literary translators and those working in the world of literature to meet, learn and collaborate. In addition to their literary programming for the reading public, NCW organises workshops, mentoring and other opportunities for writers and translators at different stages in their career, and participates in projects that range from international partnerships to literary festivals. More details here:


About the Residency Programmes:


a. Writers’ Residency


One writer will be offered a month-long residency at the NCW. The residency allows the writer to work on a specific project while in Norwich, using the time to write and research. They would also have opportunities to network with the local literary community, including attending the monthly Dragon Hall Social. NCW will arrange their programme according to the writer’s particular interests. Applicants should have a good publishing track record.


The Writers’ Residency will commence in June 2020.


b. Translators’ Residency


One translator will be offered a month-long residency at the NCW. The residency allows the translator to work on a specific project (translation of literary text), working from Chinese, Malay or Tamil into English, while in Norwich, using the time to translate and research. A UK-based mentor will be assigned to provide feedback and advice on the work translated during the residency. The Translators’ Residency will coincide with British Centre for Literary Translation’s International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School, which runs in July (19 – 25 July 2020). One summer school place will be offered to the selected translator as part of the residency programme. The summer school options are multilingual prose (any language into English, with a focus on translating young adult and children’s literature), multilingual poetry (any language into English), or the training of trainers’ strand. For the training of trainers, experienced literary translators interested in exploring the different methodologies for teaching translation can take part in the summer school to observe the different workshop styles and discuss various aspects of teaching translation theory and practice.


There are three tracks in the Translators’ Residency – (i) multilingual prose (any language into English); ii) multilingual theatre (any language into English); iii) or the training of trainers strand.


The Translators’ Residency will commence in July 2020.


Applicants for should indicate their preferred track at point of application; NAC and NCW will only select one writer and one literary translator for each residency from the pool of applications.



Residency Duration:  


Writers’ Residency: Writers may apply to stay for a minimum period of 20 days and a maximum period of four weeks.


Translators’ Residency: Translators may apply to stay for a minimum period of 20 days, including a compulsory one-week British Centre for Literary Translation’s International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School course from 19 to 25 July 2020.


Residency Provisions:


The selected Singapore writer/translator will be offered the following residency support:

  • One economy-class return from Singapore to UK
  • Ground transport from London to Norwich
  • Stipend (up to 4 weeks) 
  • Accommodation at Dragon Hall


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:


  • Completed application form;
  • Cover letter;
  • CV or resume with one passport-style photograph included within.


Application Deadline:  10 April 2020, 2359hrs




Applicants eligible for this residency support should:


  1. be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents who are published writers in any of Singapore’s four official languages and are actively engaged in the literary arts industry;
  2. be conversant and also able to write in English;
  3. possess a strong track record, strong artistic merit, commitment towards advancing the art form and contribution to the Singapore arts scene;


Notification of Outcome


Applicants will be notified of the outcome by NAC in May 2020.  NAC and NCW’s decision is final.



Key Dates

2020 Dates


10 March

Application opens

10 April, 2359hrs

Application closes


Notification of results

June – July