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A Call to Writers for the 2019-20 M Literary Residency

Applications for the Residency open on January 1, 2019 and will close on March 31, 2019 midnight GMT. The winner will be announced on May 31st, 2019


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. Since 2018, there has been one resident in Shanghai, China.

For 6-8 weeks in 2019, one writer will have the opportunity to write undisturbed in the heart of this bustling city. The residency is open to writers of prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction and screenwriting.

Some Of  Our Past Recipients…


To apply, please use our Submittable page For more information regarding the M Literary Residency programme, please visit our official website.

All submissions are due by March 31, 2019 midnight and must be in English or include an English translation.

We’re thrilled to announce the official dates of the Shanghai International Literary Festival. From March 14-27, 2019, the M Restaurant Group will be bringing you the brightest stars of the literary world. 

The full programme will be released on February 4th and tickets will be exclusively sold on our website. Our headliner sessions move fast so make sure to bookmark the ones you’re dying to see and act quickly once tickets go on sale. 

Stay tuned for more information in January…and always check our WeChat for the latest!