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The M Literary Residency

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. Starting in 2017, there will be one based in Shanghai and one in Beijing.

The 2017 application cycle will begin on October 10, 2016 and will close on January 2, 2017. The winners will be announced on March 10, 2017 at the Shanghai International Literary Festival.

Please click HERE for Residency Guidelines. To apply, please click HERE or the ‘Apply’ button above.

"The 2017 application cycle will begin on October 10, 2016 and will close on January 2, 2017. "

M Literary Residency Recipients 2016-2017

  • India: Maxim Loskutoff
  • Shanghai: Meng Jin

Maxim Loskutoff was raised in western Montana. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Narrative. A graduate of NYU’s MFA program, he was the recipient of a Global Writing Fellowship in Abu Dhabi. Other honors include The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, the Bevel Summers Prize, and fellowships from Writers Omi at Ledig House, Ox-Bow, and Jentel Arts. He has worked as a carpenter, field organizer, bookseller, and creative writing teacher, among many other things.

Meng Jin was born in Shanghai and lives in New York. She has a BA from Harvard and an MFA from Hunter College. A Kundiman fellow, her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Masters Review, the Baltimore Review, Zymbol, and Ploughshares. “I am so incredibly thankful to the M Residency for this chance to return to the city where I was born and reclaim it as a literary home. I can’t wait to get lost in winding alleys, be astounded by how Shanghai has changed, and eat shengjian at the Shanghai Number 1 Food Store.”

M Literary Residents talk about their residency experience

We asked our previous M Literary Residents to tell us about their Residency experiences, and how the Residencies benefited their writing. If you’re considering applying for an upcoming Residency, be sure to read the testimonials below: